Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Topic Maps

Published Subjects for practitioners of RDF, Semantic Web, Topic Maps, Ontologies and Business Vocabularies! The OASIS Published Subjects TC is holding a nocturne, Monday, November 15th, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Taft Room in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at the start of XML 2004.

Join us to find out how the Published Subjects TC is ramping up to complete work already underway and to take on new projects relevant to your subject area. Sorry, no free drinks but lots of discussion and planning of new activities for the Published Subjects TC.

Published Subjects is an open, distributed mechanism for defining unique global identifiers. Based on URIs, the Published Subjects mechanism has two unique characteristics: It works from the bottom up, and it works for humans AND computers. For more information see Published Subjects: Introduction and Basic Requirements.

The goal of the OASIS Topic Maps Published Subjects Technical Committee is to promote Topic Maps interoperability through the use of Published Subjects. A further goal is to promote interoperability between Topic Maps and other technologies that make explicit use of abstract representations of subjects, such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL).

Published Subjects as defined in this Specification provide an open, scaleable, URI-based method of identifying subjects of discourse. They cater for the needs of both humans and applications, and they provide mechanisms for ensuring confidence and trust on the part of users. Published Subjects are therefore expected to be of particular interest to publishers and users of ontologies, taxonomies, classifications, thesauri, registries, catalogues, and directories, and for applications (including agents) that capture, collate or aggregate information and knowledge.

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