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A Topic Map Data Model: An infoset-based proposal

Proposal, was published by Lars Marius Garshol and Hans Holger Rath at 2001-06-18

This document defines an abstract model for topic maps.

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This document defines an abstract model for topic maps which makes explicit the implicit data models of ISO 13250 and XTM 1.0. It also defines a processing model for XTM 1.0 based on the data model.

The model is intended to present one possible approach to specifying a data and processing model for topic maps, believed by the author to be preferrable to other proposed approaches. It is hoped that this model may represent a first step on the way to a complete model for topic maps. Such a model would serve many purposes:

  • Enable interoperability between topic map processors by defining precisely what topic map processors are required to do.
  • Enable ancillary standards to be built on the topic map standard in a precise and controlled manner.
  • Make it easier for newcomers to topic maps to understand what their abstract structure is and how they work.

This document is not complete; it is an early draft intended to show a possible approach to defining the topic map model. In particular, this document has no official standing whatsoever. It is, as stated above, just a draft proposal.


Lars Marius Garshol

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Lars Marius is project leader of TM Photo, Topic Maps Tools, and duke - fast deduplication.. .

Hans Holger Rath

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