02 July 2005

Metadata? Thesauri? Taxonomies? Topic Maps!

Metadata? Thesauri? Taxonomies? Topic Maps!

This is a great introduction to the concept of topic maps, and how they fit in with other sorts of digital marking for the purpose of capturing an ontological description of information.

As I see it from my readin, I understand a topic map to be similar to a formal ontological description, with a few main exceptions:

  • Topic Maps (TM) are largely visually oriented in presentation
  • TM are more concerned with just the taxonomy
  • Formal Ontologies (FO) are more concerned (than TM) with capturing information about properties of concepts, and rules governing relationships
  • TM seem to be much less rigorous than FO

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