RE: Wikipedia and Topic Maps
Yes. It is, after all, a map. I tend to think of inverted indices, but after seeing the Ontopia demo, particularly the query demo, it can be more. So it might also be a useful way to map say, discoverable assets/interfaces/innovations. In other words, we might use it to document and navigate discoverable services. Would a UDDI registry be a good candidate for topic mapping? We could treat event types as topic types. I have to wrap my head around that idea a bit more to see what utility that could have. Hmmm... if everything is a topic, then events are topics, human rights are topics, and the intersections of these are... topics? Of course, I'm still contemplating what I bent some ears with at XML 2004: the notion that a uniform set of human rights should be created for the WWW based perhaps on an ontology of event types. It seems to me that event types are a core piece of Daconta's venn diagram intersection of 'relevance'. <rant>I know it sounds quixotic, but I just don't think US paranoia and money should determine how identity management and records access should work for the global community. It seems to me this is a global issue given the global nature of the web and collaborative nature of its innovation and leadership. I assert this is a topic of interest to all members of the WWW, not just those who's business it is to build intelligence systems. Yet if this does not quickly become a topic of interest to all of us who can think reasonably about it, that is precisely what is about to happen. We cannot create a safer world by giving up civil liberties. That's an oxymoron.</rant> Thanks Bob. len From: DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO) [mailto:bob.ducharme@l...] >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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