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An Information Architecture for Frank Lloyd Wright

Presentation, was published by Kevin Trainor at 2008-04-03

This presentation introduces a subject-centric portal about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Topic Maps technology is powerful tool for organizing information resources using a tailor-made subject-centric conceptual model. Consequently, Topic Maps-based portals are a highly effective vehicle for delivering content over the Web. A successful Topic Maps portal project involves assessing user requirements, analyzing information resources, creating a useful conceptual model, finding reliable data sources and populating the topic map. Yet, all of these efforts are wasted unless the portal delivers content to the user in an effective and engaging way.

How do we design a user interaction that takes best advantage of the power of Topic Maps? How do we provide superior navigation? How do we provide superior finding? How do we keep users engaged at our site longer? How do we entice users to visit the portal more often? These are the practical questions that stand between a good topic map and a brilliant Topic Maps portal.

In this session, I will address these questions by discussing the choices that were made in the design of OnlyWright.com, my subject-centric portal about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Since OnlyWright.com is a demonstration project, the design of the portal evolves with each new release. I will be unveiling the next release at this conference. So, you can expect me to arrive with plenty of ideas and anecdotes about what works and what doesn’t. Please join me for this lively and practical discussion of Topic Maps portal design.

Photo: fensterbme via flickr.com

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As a former information scientist, I am fascinated since 1999 by the capabilities for building Topic Maps-based knowledge systems having the potential to augment human mind. One can model arbitrary knowledge organization systems, deal with semantic heterogeneity, collocate all facts about one subject in one logical place, and with TMQL have semantic retrieval on federated semantic networks. Therefore I expect bright prospects for business concepts building on the exchange of such knowledge snippets via semantic knowledge services.

Alexander Sigel
Topic Maps Lab auf der Cebit 2011

Graduate from the Topic Maps Lab