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Putting it all in context: Context and Large-Scale Information Sharing with Topic Maps


By murray - Posted on 12 August 2008

This paper follows up from an initial note drafted by Andrew Townley as a result of discussions held during Pensive's research and developer boot camp held in Vienna in July 2007. The two most important themes discussed were the role and capture of context within a specific topic map[1], and how the Topic Maps paradigm - specifically the XTM specification - would allow the linking and efficient use of Topic Maps deployed on a massive scale, such as the Internet, to support extremely large-scale information sharing. These two subjects initially seemed separate concerns, however, upon reflection and further discussion, it was clear that they are intertwined. Since July, further research and investigation have been done into these subjects.

In the following we will present a summary of both the initial questions raised in Vienna and why they are important as well as the state of our current thinking on these two issues.