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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 13. Topic Maps and Semantic Networks

Eric Freese

In science fiction movies and television shows, past and present, humans of the future often interact with computers to receive information built from a vast database of knowledge somewhere. The computers can quickly locate and assemble, from a galaxy's worth of data, the precise information needed at the time by the user. But how was that data organized? What mechanisms were used to aggregate the information from what must have been millions of documents generated from thousands of sources, including human writers and databases?

How far off is this futuristic scenario? The future is, in fact, now—and it is no longer fiction. Standards, specifications, and techniques now exist that allow ...

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