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

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Managing Complex Knowledge Networks

Topic maps were originally designed to handle the construction of indexes, glossaries, thesauri, and tables of contents, but their applicability extends beyond that domain. Research is showing that topic maps—together with the Resource Description Framework (RDF)—can provide a foundation for the Semantic Web. They can serve to represent information currently stored as database schemas (relational and object). Where databases only capture the relations between information objects, topic maps also allow these objects to be connected to the various places where they occur. Knowledge bases can be designed that not only relate concepts together but also can point to the resources relevant to each concept.

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