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The tau Model, Formalizing Topic Maps

Paper, by Robert Barta and Gernot Salzer

This paper presents a formalization for Topic Maps.

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This paper presents a formalization for Topic Maps™.We first simplify TMRM, the current ISO standard proposal for a TM reference model and then characterize topic map instances. After defining a minimal merging operator for maps we propose a formal foundation for a TM query language. This path expression language allows us to navigate through given topic maps and to extract information. We also show how such a language can be the basis for a more industrial version of a query language and how it may serve as foundation for a constraint language to define TM-based ontologies.

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Robert Barta

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Robert is project leader of Perl XTM Engine (superseeded.. and Perl TM.

 

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