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DITA Users - helping you get started with topic-based structured. The TAO of Topic Maps. Finding the Way in the Age of Infoglut Table of contents Abstract Topic maps are a new ISO standard for describing knowledge structures and associating them with information resources.

The TAO of Topic Maps

As such they constitute an enabling technology for knowledge management. Dubbed “the GPS of the information universe”, topic maps are also destined to provide powerful new ways of navigating large and interconnected corpora. While it is possible to represent immensely complex structures using topic maps, the basic concepts of the model — Topics, Associations, and Occurrences (TAO) — are easily grasped. Note The original version of this paper was published in June 2000 and thus predates the development of XTM (XML Topic Maps).

Since this paper deliberately avoids syntactical issues, the fact that there are now two standard interchange syntaxes for topic maps (HyTM and XTM) is not a problem. If the concepts described in this paper turn you on, look for pointers to further reading at [Ontopia 2002]. Biography 1. DCMI Home: Dublin Core® Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Zthes - The Zthes specifications for thesaurus representation, a.