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XML Topic Maps: Finding Aids for the Web

Article, was published by Steven R. Newcomb and Michel Biezunski at 2001-04-02

This article gives an overview on the possibilites of XML Topic Maps.

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Topic maps superimpose an external layer that describes the nature of the knowledge represented in the information resources. There are no limitations on the kinds of information that can be characterized by topic maps. The purpose of the Extensible Markup Language topic maps (XTM) initiative is to apply the topic maps paradigm in the context of the World Wide Web.


Michel Biezunski, Steven R. Newcomb, “XML Topic Maps: Finding Aids for the Web,” IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 104-108, Apr.-June 2001



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XTM is the abbreviation for Topic Maps XML Syntax. There are currently two versions: XTM1 and XTM2.


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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