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Open Educational Topic Maps: A Text-Oriented Perspective

Book Chapter, was published by Lars Johnsen at 2008-08-15

This paper makes the case for a text-oriented approach to the creation and presentation of open Topic Maps.

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This article makes the case for a text-oriented approach to the creation and presentation of open Topic Maps based information architectures for e-learning. More specifically, it argues that importance should be attached to the communicative aspects of such architectures, in particular consistency, cohesion and coherence. The article further suggests that one way of keeping this aim in focus is to work with standardized text modules as communication vehicles. To exemplify more concretely the role that standardized text might play, two specific sets of tools for modular text production are briefly discussed, namely CNXML and Structured Writing. Finally, it is demonstrated how a descriptive framework such as Rhetorical Structure Theory may be used to support the analysis, design and creation of communicative structures in open educational Topic Maps architectures.

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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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