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

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Comparing Topic Maps, RDF, and Semantic Networks

Interesting structural commonalities exist between topic maps, RDF, and semantic networks.

  • Topic maps, RDF, and semantic networks are organized into a network of information nodes or modules.

  • Topic maps, RDF, and semantic networks allow the user to model links between the nodes.

  • Topic maps, RDF, and semantic networks allow the user to attach semantic information to the nodes and the links.

A basic difference also exists. The topic map concept focuses more on the navigation between topics than on the processing of associations between topics, and any linking, while worthwhile, is still considered in some applications to be of secondary importance. Semantic networks focus on the links between the nodes ...

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