SEP 2: Create documents more directly from living data

Sometimes we have to copy data from source to a discrete document before publishing, and with one-off instances like quoting from a book or an article this makes sense. But when we’re dealing with structured data that will continue to expand or see alterations to existing data, the process becomes cumbersome, brittle, and time consuming.

In such cases it would be preferable to be able to to encode reproducible transformations of said structured data, that way any changes to the underlying data would be automatically incorporated.

Related, Don’t repeat yourself / DRY

Examples include my timesheet, reading lists, basically any reference material.