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Re: Concept Map VS Topic Map.

From: Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@ontopia.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 10:57:06 +0200
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
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Hi Sandy,

* Sandy Pan
| i am doing some research in knowledge representation, there are many
| technologies to be used, and i am interested in both Topic Maps and
| Concept Map. can anyone enlighten me there differences on these two
| technologies. some difference has been point out on ...
| Concept Map emphasizes more on visual sense whereas TMs emphasized
| on mathematical sense.
| Concept Map is formalized as named nodes and labeled arcs whereas
| TMs mainly deal withs TAOs and suchas.
| so any more ideas on the differences, or how to compare these two
| technologies, or what criteria should i concern.

I think you've got the basic idea right, that concept maps are more of
a visual technique that's intended for sketching, brainstorming, and
illustration, while topic maps are a knowledge technology, which is
intended to be used to create applications. So there's a huge
difference in emphasis, and I would say that they are really different
kinds of things; one being a technique, and the other a technology.

Further, topic maps are an ISO standard, while I don't think concept
maps have been formalized even as a visual technique (though I might
be wrong), and there is (again as far as I know) no interchange format
for concept maps, nor any schema or query language.

Lars Marius Garshol, Ontopian         <URL: http://www.ontopia.net >
GSM: +47 98 21 55 50                  <URL: http://www.garshol.priv.no >
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