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Proposal for a streaming Topic Maps API

Blog Post, was published by Lars Heuer at 2008-04-08

This is a proposal for a streaming Topic Maps API.

External Link: more information

The current implementation is very liberal and flexible. I.e. it is allowed to call “startAssociation” while you’re in the Topic-state. So, you can define an association while you’re processing a topic. After the “endAssociation” event you switch back to the Topic-state.

This is very useful if you parse a Topic Maps syntax like AsTMa=, CTM, or Snello. These syntaxes allow, for example, associations within topic blocks.

If the streaming API subpackage is approved we can think about a more restrictive model.


Lars Heuer

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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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