Background Information

Prior Knowledge - - - Having dabbled in electronics and micro-controllers, I have a combination of hardware and software skills. When it comes to text analysis there is little knowledge and experience but a strong interest to learn. I have a particular interest in non-hierarchical data structures such as ZigZag by Ted Nelson. My technical skills have been acquired through a tinkering approach and has been project-based.
Expectations - - - I wish to learn methods for designing systems for structuring and retrieving information from large quantities of text. I would also be interested in familiarizing myself with semantic annotation for my own research purposes.