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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 8. Topic Maps in the Life Sciences

John Park and Nefer Park

We have been asked to create a design for a new Web site that would allow learners all over the world to participate in the collection and representation of knowledge about the life sciences. Our goal is to develop a series of topic maps that will allow us to represent and navigate a large knowledge space. This chapter initiates a project that can be extended as a classroom exercise or a Web project or just studied as an illustration of how topic maps can be constructed. We begin with a literature review of life sciences concepts, then proceed to the design and construction of some basic topic maps that will provide a foundation for our Web site.

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