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The epistemological implications of Topic Maps for librarians

Blog Post, was published by Alexander Johannesen at 2006-05-26

This blog post is mainly about coming up with models that best represent the information for knowledge creation, and for archiving.

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Quite often I’m asked about the link between libraries and Topic Maps, given that the latter is something that I’ve tried to specialise in. For example, I was recently invited to join a panel at LITA’s Nashville conference 2006 as a Topic Maps “expert” (meaning; someone who knows a little more than the rest). Sadly I couldn’t attend, which is a shame as I had an exciting Topic Maps paper accepted, although since it touches on the topic of this post you’ll get some gist of it from here.


Alexander Johannesen

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Alexander is project leader of xSiteable and just topical. He is involved in TM4JScript. Alexander is author of The epistemological.. and Sexier, smarter, faster.. .


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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
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Graduate from the Topic Maps Lab