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Ruby Topic Maps

Book Chapter, by Benjamin Bock

The paper gives a description of the TM engine Ruby Topic Maps.

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Ruby Topic Maps (RTM) is a Topic Maps engine created in and for the Ruby programming language. Its focus is an intuitive and easy to use interface, or (as the creators of Ruby would express it): RTM aims to be the Topic Maps programmer’s best friend. The development of this library is a first step to enable Ruby programmers to work with the Topic Maps technology. The library is considered to be useful on its own but also as the basis for higher level tools, e.g. a Ruby on Rails plug-in with an interface like ActiveRecord’s.


Benjamin Bock



Benjamin is project leader of Ruby Topic Maps and rtm-tmql.

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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