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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

Hopefully, semantic networks will never replace linear text but rather will augment it. Text will continue to provide such things as detailed explanations and creative expressions. The major forms of knowledge representation, including visuals, semantic networks, and text, will be much more powerful than any single form alone.

I stand by my prediction that a profound paradigm shift will occur in the predominant mode of expression on the Internet. The lightness of being is coming! I believe that some form of semantic network representation will prevail as a primary organizing medium of the Web, although I don't know if the transition will take five years or fifty. The knowledge web format offers many advantages in terms of organizing and ...

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