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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 16. Prediction: A Profound Paradigm Shift

Kathleen M. Fisher

Topic maps are included in a class of objects we refer to as knowledge webs. A knowledge web is an interconnected web of ideas that conveys in skeletal form not only a set of ideas but also how those ideas are organized and interrelated. The general term, knowledge web, includes but is not limited to concept maps, semantic networks, cluster maps, mind maps, circle diagrams, flow charts, and topic maps [Fisher et al. 2000]. Berners-Lee and colleagues [2001] recently wrote about the Semantic Web to make Internet technology smarter, and this is the goal of topic maps as well. Fisher and colleagues [2000] as well as many others are similarly interested in using semantic knowledge ...

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