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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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Chapter 2. Introduction to the Topic Maps Paradigm

Michel Biezunski

The World Wide Web enables us to create virtually unlimited quantities of information and to make it immediately available to the world. We do not suffer from lack of information availability, but we do have a hard time trying to locate the information we really need. Finding aids are therefore becoming highly desirable. Topic maps provide a standard approach to creating and interchanging finding aids.

There are two dimensions to accessing information: where the information is and how to interpret it. Finding aids help solve the first issue; the latter must be handled by applications.

Topic maps are opening a market for information assets presented as links, such as lists of ...

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