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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web
By Jack Editor Park, Sam Technical Editor Hunting,

Publisher : Addison Wesley
Pub Date : July 16, 2002
ISBN : 0-201-74960-2
Pages : 640

The explosive growth of the World Wide Web is fueling the need for a new generation of technologies for managing information flow, data, and knowledge. This developer's overview and how-to book provides a complete introduction and application guide to the world of topic maps, a powerful new means of navigating the World Wide Web's vast sea of information.

With contributed chapters written by today's leading topic map experts, XML Topic Maps is designed to be a "living document" for managing information across the Web's interconnected resources. The book begins with a broad introduction and a tutorial on topic maps and XTM technology. The focus then shifts to strategies for creating and deploying the technology. Throughout, the latest theoretical perspectives are offered, alongside discussions of the challenges developers will face as the Web continues to evolve. Looking forward, the book's concluding chapters provide a road map to the future of topic map technology and the Semantic Web in general.

Specific subjects explored in detail include:

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Topic mapping and the XTM specification
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Using XML Topic Maps to build knowledge repositories
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Knowledge Representation, ontological engineering, and topic maps
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Transforming an XTM document into a Web page
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Creating enterprise Web sites with topic maps and XSLT
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Open source topic map software
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XTM, RDF, and topic maps
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Semantic networks and knowledge organization
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Using topic maps in education
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Topic maps, pedagogy, and future perspectives

Featuring the latest perspectives from today's leading topic map experts, XML Topic Maps provides the tools, techniques, and resources necessary to plot the changing course of information management across the World Wide Web.


Copyright
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Let There Be Light
Opening Salvo
Resources
What's in Here?

Introduction to the Topic Maps Paradigm
Managing Complex Knowledge Networks
Primary Constructs
The Big Picture: Merging Information and Knowledge
Design Principles for XTM
From ISO/IEC 13250 to XTM
Summary
Acknowledgments

A Perspective on the Quest for Global Knowledge Interchange
Information Is Interesting Stuff
Information and Structure Are Inseparable
Formal Languages Are Easier to Compute Than Natural Languages
Generic Markup Makes Natural Languages More Formal
A Brief History of the Topic Maps Paradigm
Data and Metadata: The Resource-Centric View
Subjects and Data: The Subject-Centric View
Understanding Sophisticated Markup Vocabularies
The Topic Maps Attitude
Summary

The Rise and Rise of Topic Maps
Milestones in Standards and Specifications
Milestones in Software
The Future of Topic Maps

Topic Maps from Representation to Identity Conversation, Names, and Published Subject Indicators
What Is the Conversation About?
So What about Published Subject Indicators?
Back to the Conversation Subject

How to Start Topic Mapping Right Away with the XTM Specification
XTM Topic Mapping
Why Topic Maps?
Appetizer
Main Course
Dessert
Brandy, Cigars
Summary
Acknowledgments
Resources

Knowledge Representation, Ontological Engineering, and Topic Maps
Knowledge as Interpretation
Data, Knowledge, and Information
Knowledge Issues: Acquisition, Representation, and Manipulation
The Roots of Ontological Engineering: Knowledge Technologies
New Knowledge Technology Branches: Toward Ontological Engineering
Ontological Engineering
Ontologies and Topic Maps
Summary
Acknowledgments
References
Selected Information and Research Sites

Topic Maps in the Life Sciences
A Literature Review
The Need for Classification
The Five Kingdoms
Kingdom Animalia
Creating Topic Maps for a Web Site
Summary
Resources for More Information on the Life Sciences

Creating and Maintaining Enterprise Web Sites with Topic Maps and XSLT
The XTM Framework for the Web
XTM as Source Code for Web Sites
HTML Visualization of Topic Map Constructs
Topics
XSLT Layers
The XSLT Layout Layer
The XSLT Back-End and Presentation Layers
Summary
Acknowledgments
References

Open Source Topic Map Software
About Open Source Software
Four Projects
SemanText
XTM Programming with TM4J
Nexist Topic Map Testbed
GooseWorks Toolkit

Topic Map Visualization
Requirements for Topic Map Visualization
Visualization Techniques
Summary
References

Topic Maps and RDF
A Sample Application: The Family Tree
RDF and Topic Maps
Modeling RDF Using Topic Map Syntax
Summary
References

Topic Maps and Semantic Networks
Semantic Networks: The Basics
Comparing Topic Maps, RDF, and Semantic Networks
Building Semantic Networks from Topic Maps
Harvesting the Knowledge Identified in Markup
Identifying and Interpreting the Knowledge Found within Documents
Summary
References

Topic Map Fundamentals for Knowledge Representation
A Simple KR Example
A Quick Review of Concepts for Topic Maps and KR
Topic Map Templates
Class Hierarchies
Association Properties
Inference Rules
Consistency Constraints
Summary
References

Topic Maps in Knowledge Organization
Suggestions for Reading This Chapter
What Is KO?
KO as a Use Case for TMs
Illustrative Examples
A Look into the Future: Toward Innovative TM-Based Information Services
Summary
Acknowledgments
Selected Abbreviations
References

Prediction: A Profound Paradigm Shift
Language
Transmitting the Word
Lightness of Being
A Brief History of Knowledge Representation and Education
The Ephemeral Nature of Many New Ideas
What the Research Suggests about Knowledge Representation and Learning
A Paradigm Shift: Patterning Speech to Patterning Thought
Summary
Acknowledgments
References

Topic Maps, the Semantic Web, and Education
What Is the Semantic Web?
How Can Topic Maps Play an Impotant Role in the Semantic Web?
What's Next?
Closing Salvo
References

Glossary
Tomatoes Topic Map
Topic Map for Chapter 9
XSLT Style Sheet for Chapter 9
Genealogical Topic Map

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