Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Topic Maps

The Library of Congress presents the Luminary Lecture, Topic Maps: Subject-Based Access. The video of the lecture will be available live on Wednesday, October 15 from 10:00 am -12:00 noon EST in RealPlayer format. To view it, you must have Real Player installed and at least a 28 Kbps connection.
Join Michel Biezunski and Steven R. Newcomb, the creators and pioneers of the Topic Maps Paradigm, which they developed in 1992. Newcomb will address the conceptual foundations of the paradigm concerned with creating and maintaining subject-based indexes that amalgamate other subject-based indexes. He will then answer the central question of the Topic Maps Reference Model: "How can a master index be made from indexes that were never intended to be merged with others?" Biezunski will then discuss the possibility of amalgamating knowledge resources (including finding tools) expressed in accordance with diverse interchange standards, by creating a new layer where semantic integration has a broader range of application. He will also review his experiences in applying the paradigm and its effects on the ongoing development, using the Internal Revenue Service application as a case study.

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