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

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Lightness of Being

The Web is creating another revolution in semantic communication. Linear text patterned after the spoken word is not well suited for rapid, just-in-time communication on the Internet. It is too dense, too cumbersome, too time-consuming, and too vague. It has the wrong shape for display on a monitor, and it is not attractive. Worse yet, it tends to be inefficient and unclear. The critical links between ideas that comprise the essence of meaning often remain implicit, buried in a barrage of linear semantics.

What is emerging is a form of semantic communication with a lightness of being, a skeletal knowledge structure that is concise, precise, and easily assimilated. This form is the Semantic Web, patterned after thought rather ...

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