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Topic Maps Data Model (2008)

Technical Report, was published by Lars Marius Garshol and Graham Moore at 2008-06-03

This report specifies a data model of Topic Maps.

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This part of ISO/IEC13250 specifies a data model of Topic Maps. It defines the abstract structure of Topic Maps, using the information set formalism, and to some extent their interpretation, using prose. The rules for merging in Topic Maps are also defined, as are some fundamental subject identifiers.

The purpose of the data model is to define the interpretation of the Topic Maps interchange syntaxes, and to serve as a foundation for the definition of supporting standards for canonicalization, querying, constraints, and so on. All of these standards fall outside the scope of this part of ISO/IEC13250.

(This is a corrected version of the official standard.)


Lars Marius Garshol

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Lars Marius is project leader of TM Photo, Topic Maps Tools, and duke - fast deduplication.. .



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TMDM is the abbreviation for Topic Maps Data Model. You will find a compact illustration of all relationships within the TMDM


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Topic Maps is an excellent paradigm to support human thinking and to visualize networked information. As part of my PhD project, I therefore chose Topic Maps as the conceptual foundation for designing and implementing a software prototype for semantic knowledge retrieval.

Stefan Smolnik
Topic Maps Lab auf der Cebit 2011

Graduate from the Topic Maps Lab