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Authoring Educational Topic Maps: Can We Make It Easier?

Paper, was published by Darina Dicheva and Christo Dichev at 2005-07-06

This paper outlines some problems of learning content in the context of Topic Maps auhtoring.

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In this paper we examine some problems related to capturing the structure and the topic name space of learning content in the context of Topic Map authoring. We demonstrate that the use of traditional course taxonomies as ontological resources is problematic. Based on these findings and on the results of a locally conducted study, we propose an empirically justified minimal ontology for Topic Maps-based e-Learning. The proposed minimal set contains five relation types and is implemented in the TM4L Editor to support authors that experience difficulties in articulating and naming relationships.


Darina Dicheva

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Darina is involved in TM4L - Topic Maps 4.. .

Christo Dichev

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Christo is involved in TM4L - Topic Maps 4.. .


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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.

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