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Navigating haystacks and discovering needles: Introducing the new topic map standard


By murray - Posted on 21 June 2000

This article provides an introduction to the new topic map standard (ISO/IEC 13250) with particular reference to the domain of encyclopaedia publishing, and discusses the relationship between topic maps and the W3C recommendation Resource Description Framework (RDF). It is based on the author’s participation in the development of the topic map standard (representing Norway in SC34, the ISO committee responsible for SGML and related standards), and two years’ collaboration with leading reference works publishers in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Germany.