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

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Summary

Topic maps provide a powerful paradigm for defining intelligent link networks over continually growing information pools. Real-world topic maps consist of a large number of objects that require validation to assure the quality of the map. The following concepts help with quality assurance or make implicitly coded knowledge explicit.

  • Topic map templates define the ontology of the application domain.

  • Class hierarchies express the superclass–subclass relationships.

  • Association properties assign transitivity to binary associations.

  • Inference rules declare how to derive implicit knowledge.

  • Constraints are the validation rules.

The sum of these concepts describes the topic map schema.

As discussed in this chapter, the topic map schema can be modeled ...

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