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Cédric Lombion
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"The sincere YouTube protagonist is one that gushes over double rainbows, heritage trains, and thundersnow, while we, the viewers, get that warm feeling of witnessing genuine happiness, safe in the knowledge that we will never have to care about this thing as much this person does."

http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/3/8091335/snake-eggs-on-youtube-are-the-realest

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Lost in Transition
The real blessing for multitaskers is the disappearance of transition time

Most of my work presupposes the existence of digital tools. So there's no comparison possible with analog ones. But for the part that has transitioned from analog to digital - writing a report, jotting down notes, keeping up a planning -, one of the main advantage of going digital has been the transition time.

Think about it: writing with paper means getting the paper, the pen. Then when you're done, you have to put it somewhere it won't be lost, or be burned or be wet. But sometimes you don't, so you have to remember where you put that damn paper to be able to go back to writing.

With a computer and cloud apps, there's almost no transition time. Time to wake up computer from sleep: 15s. Time to start writing again in Evernote: 10s. To be fair, grabbing a paper to draw some concept is still quicker than on a computer. But I write more than I draw. 

I can seamlessly go from writing a report to running after the bus, or leaving the shower to jotting down a note. No pen to find, no physical folder to unbury, no worry about physical loss. This is even more important for someone like me, who always has 5 trains of thoughts running at a time in his mind.

I used to give up on learning some parts of my high school lessons because I was super disorganized. And I actually grew up thinking that I just didn't have this organisation gene. But now that I work mainly on a computer, every file has a folder, every folder has a place, and all my organization is logical.

The problem then, was that I was bad at transitioning. I would not order my sheets correctly at the end of my classes. I would not take the time to gather my notes once at home. And I would leave my binders in a dusty neglect, making it hard to harvest my class notes afterwards.

But now! Now I can switch seamlessly from one task to another, following what goes on the forefront of my mind at any given moment, without having to sacrifice my time or my tidiness. 

Nothing gets lost in transition, and this is invaluable for me.

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Thanks for the insight. So information management is the asymptote of the digital efficiency curve :)
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Organising my content in Evernote

How do you organise your Evernote content? My notebook structure grew organically until it took too much time to find where to put some notes. It then underwent a couple of revisions but they were not totally satisfying. So I decided to sit down and think about it.

What's in there?

The first question I asked myself was: what do I use Evernote for? I don't have any analytics on my usage (will it ever be a feature, +Evernote?) so I went by notes content and gut feeling.

I do not keep in my Evernote:
- stuff that is unfinished (like a draft/I use Gdrive)
- stuff that is created with sharing in mind (I use Gdrive)
- stuff that has a short life (like a shopping list/I use Wunderlist)
- stuff that I want to read later (I use Pocket)
- stuff that I want to follow (like a blog or a project/I use Feedly, Twitter)

I do keep in my Evernote:
- stuff I save because I might need it in the future (great comments, design inspiration, administrative documents)
- stuff I have to consult regularly (mainly personal project resources).
- stuff I track (lists that I update every so often like my to-read list)
- stuff I archive for archiving purpose (like my writings and work docs)

So I went and reorganized my notebook structure with these categories. But quickly I had to solve another issue: what name should be used as a tag vs a notebook ?

Tags vs Notebooks

In the grand scheme of things, it does not matter much, with the powerful search of Evernote. But I'm kind of OCD about the organisation of my digital life, so I had to think about an optimal schema that would avoid overlapping in tag and notebook names.

After some reflection, here is what I settled on:
- Tags are the base indexation layer (n) and answer the question "what is it?" They are descriptive and accurate.
- Notebooks are a higher level indexation layer (n+1) designed for action. They answer the question "what do I do with it". Their names designate the themes notes fall into.

For example, I merged the notebooks "Interesting comments" and "Interesting articles" into "Favorites", and added the tags "comment" and "article". The tag describes the content accurately, whereas the notebook is named after the need (save the best of the web).

Below you can see the final version of the  mindmap I used during this process: in grey the archives, in green the the resources for future reference, in purple the lists I keep track of, in red the projects and hobbies. Hopefully this organisation is future-proof.
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I use notebooks, notebook stacks and tags to organize everything in Evernote. The stacks are by job/function, for example - school, consulting, personal. Then each note is a new area - lesson plans, project plans, receipts, recipes, photos, etc. Tags are used to make searching easier and to allow a note in one notebook to be "cross referenced" for search. I also use links to notes to connect notes in one notebook, into a note in another notebook. 

Here is my resource on Evernote with lots of resources and examples of how I use it and how others can:
http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/p/evernote-for-education.html
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The Parisian subway

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Improving my photographer's eye

- B&W for all my shots
- At least one photo a day
- Same camera (Sony RX100 II)

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spot on description +Olivier Malinur ;)
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#GenerationE : tracking migration of young Europeans across borders

Hello fellow Europeans (and non-Europeans who follow us), welcome to 2015! We wish you a good, productive and exciting year :)

To get this new year off a good start, how about participating in this European project?

The project tries to draw a better picture of the movements of young Europeans across Europe, and fill a big gap left open by the European states, who do not coordinate to track this data.

So if you're a European (young or not) living out of your birth country, go ahead and fill the survey to give your perspective!

http://www.generatione.eu/

P.S: Even if you're not concerned, don't hesitate to share this post!
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Sunrise on the promenade

River banks, Bordeaux.

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The main street of Bordeaux, France

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Yes it is. But sadly it's kind of underused. The mayor of Bordeaux did an exceptional work to shake up and pretty up what was "sleeping beauty", but the cultural life has been focused on high-brow venues: opera, theatre and international festival and conferences. You hardly ever see any street performer in Bordeaux, and outdoor concerts or cultural events are few and far between.
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Quite long but very interesting article about the stand-off between China and the Philippines around a handful of deserted tropical rocks in the South China Sea.

I enjoy reading this kind of articles from time to time to get a reminder about life, fiction, perspective and privilege.
Who Will Win Control of the South China Sea?
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We are launching Made Near Me today, please share!
Interactive map of food products from the UK. What's made near you?
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+Stéphane Gigandet +Cédric Lombion Merci pour ces précisions qui me permettent donc de penser que : produit Duc de Coeur > Sous marque LIDL > Emballé à Strasbourg par Escal > Matière première venant des "Pays de L'Est" comme indiqué sur leur site : http://www.escal.fr/engagements/les-matieres-premieres-carte-et-especes/  mais ça c'est eux qui ont l'honnêteté (ou l'obligation ?) de le dire par contre au niveau de la fiche "Made Near Me" on ne le sait pas et un tel titre pourrait porter à confusion. L'éternel débat du "Fait Maison" "Assemblé en..." "Transformé en... " "Mise en bouteille au chateau" "Emballé par ...". Pour terminer sur ce cas d'espèce, ce sont des Escargots vendus en Angleterre, je sais pas si ils en vendent beaucoup en tout cas les anglais doivent vraiment avoir une drôle de vision de nos produits...
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I'm French and an enthusiast European citizen.

I'm a project and community manager for Open Knowledge Foundation France.

I'm as well a co-director of the Europeans on G+ project.

I will talk here about personal and non personal stuff, related to, among others, social innovation, Europe, datavizualisation, thought-provoking articles, photography, interesting book...
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Project and Community Coordinator at Open Knowledge France
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  • Open Knowledge France
    Project and Community Coordinator, 2014 - present
  • The Next Generation Internet Foundation
    Junior Project Manager (internship), 2013 - 2014
  • Pedagogy Counselling Agency Sydo
    Junior Digital Project manager (internship), 2012
  • Sustainable Communication Agency Patte Blanche
    Project manager assistant (internship), 2011
  • Web Agency Composis
    Web developer and designer (internship), 2011
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