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Re: Concept Map VS Topic Map.

From: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 12:12:01 +0200
Message-ID: <411C93F1.8020005@virgilio.it>
To: sandy_lub@yahoo.com
CC: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

fyi, one of the leading tools for brainstorming-style concept mapping, 
CmapTools, can be found at [1]. Some other related software are amongst 
the links at [2].

What also may be of interest in the KM space are Conceptual Graphs (CGs) 
[3] that are an approach to expressing logical statements in a node & 
arc form. Some work has been done on mapping these to Topic Maps [4] 
(sorry, best I could Google - any more, Lars?) and RDF [5].

[1] http://cmap.ihmc.us/
[2] http://dannyayers.com/ideagraph-blog/archives/cat_related_software.html
[3] http://www.jfsowa.com/cg/index.htm
[4] http://www.techquila.com/cgi-bin/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=41
[5] http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/CG.html

Lars Marius Garshol wrote:

>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.


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