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Scaling Topic Maps

Book Chapter, was published by Marc Wilhelm Küster and Graham Moore at 2008-08-15

This chapter is the introduction to the proceedings of the TMRA 2007 "Scaling Topic Maps".

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The encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert is unique in building an open discourse model based on maps of knowledge and a wide-ranging coverage of the knowledge of its time. d’Alembert’s Discours préliminaire prefigured many of the topic map paradigms down to the very metaphor.

However, the encyclopédie was still bound by the inevitable restrictions of the print medium. A completely non-literary example, the nascent European eGovernment Resource Network (section 2), shows the need to transcend the encyclopedic model. In many cases we need both distributed registries and repositories. These requirements give rise to prototypical implementations for cross-implementation linked registries (section 3) that gives a hint at how registries can genuinely scale to a distributed world of knowledge.

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Topic Maps is the only formal semantic model which is optimized for humans, not for computers. Applications and web portals based on Topic Maps are easy to use, without limitations for flexibility and creativity.

Benjamin Bock
Ruby Topic Maps
Topic Maps Lab auf der Cebit 2011

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