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TopiMaker – An Implementation of a Novel Topic Maps Visualization.

Book Chapter, was published by Rani Pinchuk, Bernard Fontaine, David De Weerdt, Juan-Jose de Orus, and Richard Aked at 2007-09-04

This chapter introduces the TopiMaker software for visualizing topic maps.

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As Topic Maps allow a structural representation of knowledge, this structure often needs to be visually presented to end-users. Issues, often contradictory, such as representation and navigation requirements, arise.

TopiMaker addresses most of these issues by putting the Topic Map as a graph on a 2D ground plane in an interactive 3D world. Topics can be elevated to planes that are parallel to the ground plane. This results in some unique qualities. Furthermore, the notion of ghost topics is introduced to alleviate information overload and occlusion problems. A separate
window exploits tree-like features of certain association types. Features such as filtering, searching, selecting, modifying, importing, exporting, merging, querying and constraining the Topic Map are integrated with this visualization technique to make of TopiMaker a novel Topic Map authoring environment.

Authors

Rani Pinchuk

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Rani is involved in LINDO, DIADEM, ULISSE, TopiEngi, and SATOPI.

David De Weerdt

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David is author of TopiMaker – An.. , TopiWriter - Integrating.. , and Toma - TMQL, TMCL, TMML.

Richard Aked

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Richard is author of TopiMaker – An.. , TopiWriter - Integrating.. , and Toma - TMQL, TMCL, TMML.

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