Topic Maps links
This page links to useful sources of information about Topic Maps, a
new ISO standard for organizing information. Topic maps are based on
XML, but go far beyond XML in terms of what they can do to organize
information. Here's what you'll find on this page:
XML Metadata, published by Wrox, written by a large number of
authors. This is the first book about topic maps, and it also covers
RDF. I have not read it and so cannot say much more.
Topic Maps, published by Addison-Wesley, written by a large number
of authors, edited by Jack Park and Sam Hunting. This is currently the
only book dedicated entirely to topic maps.
Topic maps and RDF
Topic map design
13250:2000 Topic Maps, the ISO standard itself. This describes the
SGML and HyTime-based syntax of topic maps, not the later XML Topic
- XML Topic Maps (XTM)
1.0. This is the XML Topic Maps standard, which is much more
approachable than the ISO standard.
Requirements 1.0.0. This is the requirements document for the
topic map query language standard.
requirements. This is the draft of a requirements document for the
topic map constraint language standard.
- Work is currently being done on a formal data model for topic
maps. These are the main relevant documents:
- The AsTMa language
family, which includes a concise text-based syntax for topic maps,
as well as some interesting extensions for querying, constraints,
logic expressions, and modification.
- Linear Topic
Maps 1.1, specification. This is the specification of a concise
and easy-to-author text-based syntax for topic maps.
XTM, the specification of a canonical syntax for topic maps, which
is useful for automated testing of topic map software.
- topicmap.com, a good portal
of Topic Maps information.
- TMwiki, home page for a
Topic Maps wiki system and a site about Topic Maps.
- Robin Cover's pages has a very extensive set of
- Topic Maps
Weblog, a collaborative weblog published by the users of the
#topicmaps IRC channel.
the international, academic conference series about Topic Maps, held
in October each year in Leipzig, Germany.
Lars Marius Garshol, 2006-02-15.