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Re: Concept Map VS Topic Map.

From: Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@ontopia.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 12:22:03 +0200
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
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* Danny Ayers
|
| fyi, one of the leading tools for brainstorming-style concept
| mapping, CmapTools, can be found at [1].

Interestingly, this tool has support for XTM import/export, and how it
treats that shows quite clearly the difference between topic maps and
concept maps. For example, the labels on arcs are just strings, and if
two arcs have the same string that's nice, but it doesn't mean anything.

| 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. 

I think CGs are quite different from CMs, though, and closer to
TMs/RDF, without quite being the same sort of animal.

| Some work has been done on mapping these to Topic Maps [4] (sorry,
| best I could Google - any more, Lars?)

I haven't followed this very closely, so I don't know much more than
that. As the link says, Murray Altheim has worked a lot on this, but I
don't know that he's published all that much.

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