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

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RDF and Topic Maps

Very similar claims are made for both RDF/RDFS (RDF Schema, the W3C RDF-related specifications) and topic maps. Both are promoted as methods for associating arbitrary metadata with arbitrary content. Both claim to support an unbounded variety of information-finding and other functions. Indeed, both have been openly described as panaceas for every kind of information management woe. This section compares the merits of topic maps and RDF.

An Introduction to RDF

The Internet affords everyone access to distributed information on a global scale. However, this information is often difficult to find. Metadata, or structured data about data, improves discovery of and access to such information. While metadata will help in this direction, ...

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