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Life by the fjord

The first three days of this week we stayed in a little summer house by the fjord, commuting to work by ferry. Going there on the Sunday felt like any trip to a summer house, except that it was a little odd to take a ferry for 20 minutes out of central Oslo, and then walk for 10 minutes to the summer house. The place itself was a nice little wooden house, literally by the fjord, which we rented quite cheaply from a governmental organization. ...

Read | 2006-07-12 21:17 | 2 comment(s)

NULL in Topic Maps

One point on which Topic Maps differ from most other information representations is the handling of unknown or missing information. In relational databases these are represented using the special NULL value, and the same is the case in object-oriented programming. In XML there are different ways to approach this issue, one of which is the xsi:nil attribute. ...

Read | 2006-07-08 19:42 | 5 comment(s)

Cardinal!

I've been tasting all the Norwegian beer I could find for years, and tonight I had an experience I didn't think I could have in Norway any more. I've just spent an entire evening drinking Norwegian specialty beers, none of which I'd ever tasted before, and I had to leave many more beers behind when leaving. Clearly something good has happened to the Norwegian beer market. ...

Read | 2006-06-30 20:51 | 1 comment(s)

Topic Maps and topic maps

In all the Topic Maps-related documents I read these days people use "Topic Maps", "Topic Map", "topic maps", and "topic map" indiscriminately when referring to the Topic Maps technology. Sometimes people even mix it up within a single document. For a long time there was no official definition of what was appropriate, but the 2005-10-28 TMDM draft introduced a consistent terminology for this. So far it doesn't seem that many people have noticed this (admittedly subtle) change. So here goes. ...

Read | 2006-06-29 16:04 | 7 comment(s)

Citing ISO Standards

A strange thing I've noticed is that hardly anyone cites the ISO Topic Maps standards correctly in papers. I'm not sure why this is, but I thought I would do my bit to help people get this right. ...

Read | 2006-06-14 22:42 | 12 comment(s)

From Seoul to Gjervoldsøy

Sunday morning I woke up in Seoul; Monday evening I went to sleep in the family summer house on a tiny island outside Arendal in southern Norway. The contrast could hardly have been greater, in every possible way. ...

Read | 2006-06-06 11:56 | 4 comment(s)

AToMS!

The last day of the week in Seoul was given over to AToMS, Asian Topic Maps Summit, a one-day conference devoted to Topic Maps. The conference was organized by the two Korean standards agencies (KATS and KSA), and attracted more than 200 attendees. I arrived a little late (in order to get some sleep), and by then it was hard to get a seat. ...

Read | 2006-06-05 19:43 | 1 comment(s)

ISO meeting in Seoul, day 4

The last day of the Seoul meeting also had the closing plenary in the morning, with lots of excitement around who would vote what regarding the OpenXML submission from ECMA and Microsoft. I missed all of this, however, in favour or more training in the TMRM from Robert Barta. He walked us through most of his mapping from TMQL to TMRM, and the details in the optimization of the resulting expressions. ...

Read | 2006-06-02 04:21 | 3 comment(s)

ISO meeting in Seoul, day 3

The meeting is now beginning to settle into a kind of daily rhythm that seems to run: two separate WG3 meetings, enormous lunch, plenary WG3 meeting, vast dinner, drinks, sleep, then start over. This already gives you the big picture of the day. ...

Read | 2006-06-01 06:03 | 0 comment(s)

ISO meeting in Seoul, day 2

Day 2 of the Seoul meeting started with the opening plenary, where much attention was given to the standardization of Open Document Format (ODF) and OpenXML. Microsoft and IBM both had representatives at the plenary, and the Secretary General of ECMA was there. I, however, was not, as Robert Barta, Graham Moore, and I had a breakout session on TMQL instead. We spent a couple of hours on issues with TMQL, and came away with a strong feeling that the language is beginning to solidify quite nicely. ...

Read | 2006-05-30 07:34 | 0 comment(s)

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