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Benjamin Bock

Telephone: +49-341-97-32298
Fax: +49-341-97-32299
Email: bock@informatik.uni-leipzig.de

Johannisgasse 26, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

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Benjamin started creating the first Topic Maps engine for Ruby in 2006 to unite rapid web application development with Ruby on Rails and the flexibility of Topic Maps data models. In 2008 he was founding member of the Topic Maps Lab where he now leads the Semantic Integration group. As an expert invited by the ISO he represents Germany in the further development of the Topic Maps international industry standards family.

Author of

ActiveTM: A Topic Maps – Object Mapper

by Benjamin Bock 


Currently, the most common way to programmatically access Topic Maps data is the use of a Topic Maps API, like TMAPI. Another approach, besides the …

Was presented at TMRA 2008.

Automatic Extraction of Topic Maps based ...

by Benjamin Bock, Lutz Maicher, and Marco Büchler, ...  


With argumentation trails we introduce an approach of finding relevant associations between arbitrary terms. An argumentation trail between two …

Enhancing Customer Relationship Management ...

by Jenny Müller, Arnim Bleier, and Benjamin Bock, ...  


In most companies the landscape of used computer software is very heterogeneous; this causes a need for data integration. This is especially …

Story Driven Development

by Benjamin Bock and Lutz Maicher 


It is proposed that Story Driven Development consists of the following four steps: 1) catch the peoples’ stories, 2) identify them, 3) model them …

Was presented at TMRA 2008.

Ruby Topic Maps

by Benjamin Bock 


Ruby Topic Maps (RTM) is a Topic Maps engine created in and for the Ruby programming language. Its focus is an intuitive and easy to use interface, …

Was presented at TMRA 2007.

Implementing TMQL for teaching: The ...

by Benjamin Bock and Sven Krosse 


Here are a lot of voices claiming, the current TMQL draft is too hard to understand and to implement. We argue that it is not the content but the …

Was presented at TMRA 2009.

ActiveTM - The Factory for ...

by Lutz Maicher and Benjamin Bock 


Our goal is increasing the users’ value and experience and decreasing the implementation time for web portals. To achieve this goal we adopt a …

JRuby Topic Maps

by Arnim Bleier, Benjamin Bock, and Uta Schulze, ...  


The Topic Maps Application Programming Interface (TMAPI) provides a standardized way for working with Topic Maps, but only in Java. TMAPI

Was presented at TMRA 2009.

Topic Maps run from XML and is coming back ...

by Benjamin Bock, Sven Krosse, and Lutz Maicher 


In its history, Topic Maps developed from a syntax-based standard to a pure data model without any syntax defined within its core data model. The …

Von Platon zu Alexander dem Großen - ...

by Marco Büchler, Frederik Baumgardt, ...  


Mit dem exponentiellen Wachstum von digital zur Verfügung stehenden Texten wächst auch die Notwendigkeit nach immer effektiveren …

Topic-Maps-Middleware. Modellgetriebene ...

by Benjamin Bock 


THIS THESIS IS IN GERMAN! Since its inception, the Topic Maps Data Model (TMDM) is the foundation for the development of Topic Maps engines. A …

JRuby Topic Maps: Using Ontopia in a Ruby ...

by Benjamin Bock 


Have you ever created a Topic Maps application and it took just too much time? Have you ever created a Rails web portal and wondered, if you could …

Was presented at Topic Maps 2010 ....

SesameTM: Building Topic Maps on RDF

by Arnim Bleier, Lutz Maicher, and Benjamin Bock 


Over the past decade RDF has developed to become the dominant standard for representation and interchange of structured data on the web. In portal …

Author of

New Release of Ruby Topic Maps (RTM), ...

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Minor update, fixing some regressions from previous release.

Is about Ruby Topic Maps.

Soft launch of the new Topic Maps Lab ...

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The new portal of the Topic Maps Lab is launched today.

Is about Topic Maps Lab.. .

Topic Maps Lab at ISO meeting in Prague

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Benjamin Bock and Hannes Niederhausen from the Topic Maps Lab work on the Topic Maps standards at the Prague ISO meeting.

Is about TMCL, TMQL, and TMRM, ...

Topic Maps Lab provides Project Management ...

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The Redmine project management web application will be used to aid standardization work on CTM, TMCL, TMQL and TM/DC

Is about TMCL and TMQL.

Topic Maps Lab at RailsWayCon

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RailsWayCon, the European Ruby on Rails conference took place this week in Berlin. The …

Corpora browser of the Wortschatz project ...

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With the Wortschatz project the NLP research group at the University of Leipzig – which the Topic Maps Lab is affiliated with – provides one of the …

Is about Ruby Topic Maps, ...

New MaJorToM Topic Map Store based on redis

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Today we added a new backend to the powerful Topic Maps engine MaJorToM: the Redis Topic Map Store. Redis is an open source, advanced …

Is about Topic Maps Engine, ...

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Das Topic Maps Lab im Überblick



Gefördert durch das BMBF haben sich im Topic Maps Lab unter der Leitung von Dr. Lutz Maicher die Universität Leipzig (Prof. Dr. G. Heyer) und die …

Is about Michael Prilop, ...

Topic Maps Lab at ISO meeting in Prague

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Benjamin Bock and Hannes Niederhausen from the Topic Maps Lab work on the Topic Maps standards at the Prague ISO meeting.

Is about TMCL, TMQL, and TMRM, ...

The Topic Maps Lab Team



Phase II of the Topic Maps Lab venture was started in Mai 2009. This is a list of its current and former members.

Is about Lutz Maicher, ...

Project Leader of

Ruby Topic Maps

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RTM is a Topic Maps Engine written in Ruby.

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The TMQL query engine for Ruby Topic Maps. See the "TMQL documentation":http://tmql.topicmapslab.de/ for more information about TMQL and TMQL4J.

Visit homepage of rtm-tmql

Project Member of

Topic Maps Lab Community Portal

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A new Topic Maps community portal, which based on Topic Maps technologies.

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The tmql4j engine is the first Java-based engine processing the topic maps query language. The engine is designed as processing chain of independent ...

Visit homepage of TMQL4J


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Yacca is a social game. It is a virtual fan block for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Everything in Yacca revolves around the Yacca cards ...

Visit homepage of yacca.me


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ARNotations is a Ruby on Rails plugin to map any kind of ActiveRecord model to a Topic Map Fragment, providing the ability to expose them TMExplore ...

Visit homepage of ARNotations


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CouchTM is a TMAPI topic maps engine which uses the CouchDB as backend. CouchTM can be used like any other Java based topic maps engine. ...

Visit homepage of CouchTM

Chair of

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 34 - Spring 2010 Meeting

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The spring meeting 2010 of the ISO standardization committee for the Topic Maps standards. The meeting will take place in Stockholm.

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ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 34 - Topic Maps Oslo 2010 ...

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The spring meeting 2010 of the ISO standardization committee for the Topic Maps standards. The meeting will take place in Stockholm.

Visit homepage of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 34 ...

Speaker at

TMRA 2008

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TMRA 2008 will be the fourth event in the annual series of international conferences on Topic Maps Research and Applications. TMRA is the advanced …

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TMRA 2007

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TMRA – the international conference series on Topic Maps Research and Applications – is a scientific and industrial forum whose main object is …

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Topic Maps 2008

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Topic Maps is an excellent paradigm to support human thinking and to visualize networked information. As part of my PhD project, I therefore chose Topic Maps as the conceptual foundation for designing and implementing a software prototype for semantic knowledge retrieval.

Stefan Smolnik
Topic Maps Lab auf der Cebit 2011

Graduate from the Topic Maps Lab