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

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Foreword

In 1962 I wrote a paper, “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework,” in which I laid out my vision for how humanity can tackle its most complex, urgent problems. I proposed a framework driven by a simple premise: As problems get harder, we need to get collectively smarter.

As I considered ways to increase our collective intellectual capabilities, I thought about language and the symbols that humans use to create conceptual models of the world. Our most basic conceptual structures have been evolving for thousands of years. Alphabets evolved from pictographs, followed by white space and punctuation. The introduction of the printing press led to conceptual structures such as paragraphs, page numbers, footnotes, concordance indices, ...

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