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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 11. Topic Map Visualization

Bénédicte Le Grand

Topic maps provide a bridge between the domains of knowledge representation and information management. Topics and associations build a networked information overlay above information resources that allows users to navigate at a higher level of abstraction. However, this information overlay may contain millions of topics and associations, and users may still have problems finding relevant information. Therefore, the issue of topic map visualization and navigation is essential.

A topic map defines a multidimensional topic space. A topic has one or more names within a scope, may also have occurrences, and may play a role as a member of zero or more associations. Topics, associations, and occurrences ...

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