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Topic Maps: The Inventor's Perspective on Subject-based Access

Webcast, was published by Steven R. Newcomb and Michel Biezunski at 2003-10-15

This presentation and webcast is about Topic Maps and subject-based access.

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Steve Newcomb will speak about the conceptual foundations of the Topic Maps paradigm. These conceptual foundations are more abstract (less “ontologically committed”), than the Topic Maps standard. The conceptual foundations are concerned with facilitating the creation and maintenance of subject-based indexes that amalgamate other subject-based indexes. The amalgamated indexes may themselves be either collaboratively or independently created, maintained, and amalgamated, and they may be based on different ontologies and/or taxonomies. The development of an effective conceptual and methodological basis for the amalgamation of subject-based indexes speaks to several of the goals and issues of Library Science, including the “co-location” objective and the “co-referencing” problem. Perhaps the simplest way to communicate the goal of the Topic Maps Reference Model is to ask, “How can a single perspective be most easily provided for each subject, from which various independent assertions about the subject are directly available?” To put it even more briefly, “How can a master index be made from indexes that were never intended to be merged with others?”

Michel Biezunski will speak about his vision on what the next step should be in applying the abstract foundation provided by the proposed Reference Model. He will assess, among other things, the possibility amalgamating knowledge resources (including finding tools) expressed in accordance with diverse interchange standards, by creating a new layer where semantic integration has a broader range of application. Dr. Biezunski will present his experiences in applying the Topic Maps paradigm, and their impacts on the ongoing development of his methodologies and software. He will report on the Internal Revenue Service application as a case study.

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TMRM is the abbreviation for Topic Maps Reference Model.


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