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

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A Paradigm Shift: Patterning Speech to Patterning Thought

Writing, since its inception in alphabet-based form and presumably even earlier, has been patterned after speech. With a shift to knowledge webs as a medium of written expression, we see writing being patterned after thought rather than after speech. This represents a profound paradigm shift for the human race. We can perceive its immediate implications, but the long-term implications of such a shift are impossible to fathom.

There are numerous benefits for learning and teaching. Being given not only the concepts but also the named bidirectional relations that describe a new domain provides a distinct advantage to learners. When learners construct their own knowledge webs as they learn, ...

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