University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Topic Maps is an International Standard, aiming at a â€œnotation for interchangeably representing information about the structure of information resources.â€ An informal introduction by S. Pepper goes beyond an orientation at resources, traditionally called documentation. He presents Topic Maps as a â€œstandard for describing knowledge structures and associating them with information resources.â€ He holds it up as â€œthe Global Positioning System of the information universe,â€ as Topic Maps permits â€œto encode arbitrarily complex knowledge structures.â€ Topic Maps, is it really the silver bullet for the information society? This paper conducts a critical appraisal. My review is not comprehensive, though. Iâ€™ve especially attempted a thorough analysis of conceptual foundations, with a special concern for standardized rules and recommendations for map construction. As theory, or metamodel, in the final section Topic Maps is also briefly compared to Metapattern which is the authorâ€™s design for controlling requisite variety in information modeling. Some references on both Topic Maps and Metapattern are included at the end of this paper.
Wisse, Pieter, " Topic Maps uprooted" (2008). All Sprouts Content. 136.