RE: Wikipedia and Topic Maps
>Would a wikipedia be improved if the topic map model were used for creating it? I don't know about creating it. I could be coming at Topic Maps from the wrong angle, but I think of them as more of a middleware technology. If a set of web pages (whether wikipedia, weblogs, or whatever) had keywords assigned, as many weblog entries do, those keywords could be used to help populate a topic map built on top of that information, and then apps could be built on top of the topic map to offer different ways to navigate among those pages. Tim Bray's http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/What/ would be a candidate to start a prototype. flickr.com and del.icio.us would be even better places to try, because they're much more expansive. I'm still wondering why the TM folk haven't done anything with the megs and megs of RecipeML data out there, which seems like an ideal application for a useful free Topic Map. I don't think too hard about Topic Maps because with Eric Freese and Sam Hunting as co-workers, I'm confident that they'll be alert to any opportunities in the organization. (Also, Terry Brady of LexisNexis did a cool presentation at Extreme about using Topic Maps in project management.) Bob
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