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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 7. Knowledge Representation, Ontological Engineering, and Topic Maps

Leo Obrst and Howard Liu

Consider the typical manner in which people currently use Web browsers. They click to link to a document for which they've either searched, using simple keywords, or which is already indexed on the page they are viewing. The document is then displayed before them. They must then read the document and, using their own internalized conceptual model of the world and that document's domain, interpret the meaning of the document. The knowledge in the document is not necessarily available to them: it may require extensive background information, long experience, or many years of formal education for users to understand what the document presents. For ...

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