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Bumblehood - a Topic Maps Based WYSIWYG Wiki for Travel Guides and Yellow Pages

This presentation is part oft the session Authoring and Navigation at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Bumblehood is a WYSIWYG travel guides and yellow pages wiki portal having its content organized by the topic maps paradigm. Its purpose is to provide semantically structured community created content about any possible interesting place, point of interest or business location in the world to both local citizens and global travelers. This paper presents an overview of Bumblehood portal's features, motivations that drove its development, and how it employs and where it fits within the Topic Maps paradigm.

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Implementing TMQL for Teaching: The straightforward approach with emphasis on understandability and modularity

This poster is part oft the session Poster session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: here are a lot of voices claiming, the current TMQL draft is too hard to understand and to implement. We argue that it is not the content but the presentation thereof. A clear user-centric documentation with lots of examples and a straightforward, modulary, publicly available implementation in a mainstream programming language will greatly help the understanding and acceptance of the current efforts. Additionally, this modulary implementation can show possible ways to modularize the standard itself.

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ActiveTM and Future of Domain names

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Automated Focus Extraction for Question Answering over Topic Maps

This full paper is part oft the session Query and Update at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper describes the first stage of question analysis in Question Answering over Topic Maps. It introduces the concepts of asking point and expected answer type as variations of the question focus. We identify the question focus in questions asked to a Question Answering system over Topic Maps. We use known machine learning techniques for expected answer type extraction and implement a novel approach to the asking point extraction. We also provide a mathematical model to predict the performance of the system.

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Building Distributed Topic Maps

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Building and Integrating Competitive Intelligence Reports Using the Topic Map Technology

This short paper is part oft the session Information Logistics at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Competitive intelligence (CI) supports the decision makers in understanding the competitive environment by means of textual reports prepared based on public resources. CI is particularly demanding in the context of larger business clusters. We report on a long-term project featuring large-scale manual semantic annotation of CI reports wrt. business clusters in several industries. The underlying ontologies are the result of collaborative editing by multiple student teams. The results of annotation are finally merged into CI maps that allow easy access to both the original documents and the knowledge structures.

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Construction of Authority Information for Personal Names Focused on the Former Japanese Nobility Using Topic Map

This short paper is part oft the session Applications at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Variant personal names for the same Japanese historical individuals exist, and when handling historical data it is desirable to control these. Furthermore, by grasping the position the family an individual belongs to within a genealogy or organization, it is possible to estimate the individual’s social position and the power he might command. At present there is no database providing such information in Japan, and there is a need to construct the authority information for personal names structured in a standardized data descriptive language. On this basis, the present study describes a project to construct authority information for the former Japanese noble families, which played a central role in the modernization of Japan, and for persons related to them, using topic map.

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CouchDB and Topic Maps

This poster is part oft the session Poster session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: CouchDB is a document-oriented database management system. In contrast to relational databases, there is no need for a schema and the data is stored in documents consisting of key-value pairs. That model is very well corresponding to the nature of topic maps. Topic map constructs are represented as documents, views are used to retain constructs from the database and check for merging candidates. CouchDB's features possibly contribute to scalability and performance.

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Creating Topic Maps Ontologies for Space Experiments

This full paper is part oft the session Ontology Modelling 1 at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper outlines the design process that is used to create Topic Maps Ontologies for space experiments in a wide range of scientific disciplines. This design process is implemented in three iterations, one for creating initial Topic Maps Ontologies and two for further refinement. The paper focuses on the first iteration that consists of nine workshops with various providers of space experiment data, each active in a different scientific domain. Furthermore, we report our findings in holding these workshops.

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Development of a Trans-Field Learning System Based on Multidimensional Topic Maps

This short paper is part oft the session Applications at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: A knowledge base consisting of topic maps of various fields, such as physics, chemistry, earth science, industry, daily life, history etc., was constructed for an online learning system. Topics in different fields were interlinked by using specific inter-field associations. Also, topics that were cited in more than one field were put in the field where they are most central and were also linked in the contexts of each of the other field. This indicates the multidimensionality of topics linked with multiple topic maps. In addition to the main knowledge base, two types of topic map with smaller granularity were created for test cases. The first was for the expression of variant definitions of basic quantities for various grade levels, and the second was for generating instruction scenarios. These micro-topic maps were linked to the main knowledge base map by attaching the same subject identifiers to corresponding topics in both maps.

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Dynamic Integration of RDF and Topic Maps

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Event based modelling

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Faceted navigation with Topic Maps

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FreeTM: A Web-Based Topic Map Tool

This short paper is part oft the session Authoring and Navigation at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: The aim of this work is to present the architecture and functionalities of Free-TM, a web-based tool for creating, managing and sharing topic maps. A client/ server architecture was developed that enables several clients to interact simultaneously online with the topic map based-system enabling the distribution of knowledge via a simple Internet browser, anywhere and anytime. The user-friendly GUI serves as a useful guide at the overall process of managing Topic Maps.

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H-Maps: An Efficient Approach for Graphical Visualization and Navigation of Topic Maps and Data Representation in Computational Biology

This short paper is part oft the session Authoring and Navigation at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Nowadays semantic networks become more important in industry and modern science. For this reason there is a need for an efficient tool allowing preparation and navigation through complex data spaces. We present the novel Topic Map tool H-Maps, which offers a web based navigator providing an enhanced utilization and graphical visualization of semantic networks. Present applications transform existing content to subject-centric Topic Map representations in a one-way fashion. Preserving the advantage of transferring diverse back ends into a unified topic map in existing applications the H-Maps approach goes one step further. The resulting topic map structure can be examined and extended with an iterative procedure. Especially in science this procedure is leading to a considerable improvement of flexibility and performance as can be shown within projects of computational biology.

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How to Model Names in Topic Maps? - Pitfalls and Guidelines

This short paper is part oft the session Ontology Modelling 2 at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: From a pragmatic point of view, human readable names are still the most common way to identify the subject a topic is representing. However, names can be a tricky thing to represent due to their natural ambiguity, plurality of meanings and context dependency. Naturally there is always more than one valid way to model names. Guidelines or best practise recommendations which consider the tricky aspects are currently very rare. In this paper we will discuss 10 common pitfalls in dealing with names and based on that present three modelling templates for complex name structures in Topic Maps.

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Identifying attributes

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Inferred Classification

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Integrating SAP and SharePoint using Semantic Technology

This presentation is part oft the session Information Logistics at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This document describes and architectural approach to integrating SAP systems with the Microsoft SharePoint publishing platform. The approach is generic, i.e. it is agnostic to the business domain in which it is to be used, and utilises feed and semantic technologies.

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Isidor-UI: Generating a User Interface with Topic Maps Constraint Language and JavaScript Object Notation

This full paper is part oft the session Infrastructure at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: By now Open Source Topic Engines exist in abundance { TM4J and OKS for Java, RTM for Ruby, Mappa for Python, Topincs for PHP, Isidorus for Common Lisp, to name only a few. The same cannot be said for generic Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for Topic Maps that are accessible to end-users. With the upcoming Topic Maps Constraint Language (TMCL) and the growing number of applications using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) as transport format, the use of these two important technologies suggests itself to autogenerate GUIs, the challenge answered by Isidor-UI. This paper explores this question in more details and presents an Open Source Ajax-based GUI framework that builds on TMCL and JSON to generate a user interface for a given ontology. It also suggests a transport protocol for a loosely-coupled server-client model.

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JRuby Topic Maps

This full paper is part oft the session Infrastructure at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: The Topic Maps Application Programming Interface (TMAPI) provides a standardized way for working with Topic Maps, but only in Java. TMAPI implementations in other programming languages use a different stack - not harnessing the existing Java code. In this paper we describe a different approach, reusing Java TMAPI implementations to build a high level Topic Maps API for the Ruby programming language without a heavy wrapper layer around the Java Objects.

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Linked Topic Maps

This presentation is part oft the session Keynotes at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Michael Sperberg-McQueen is opening the TMRA conference with his thoughts about Linked Topic Maps and the way to innovations.

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Maiana - a social Topic Maps browser

This presentation is part oft the session Topic Maps applications at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: The Maiana team introduces the first release of a new social Topic Maps browser.

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Methopedia.eu

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Modeling Names

This full paper is part oft the session Ontology Modelling 2 at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper argues that the hierarchy between topic name items and variant items of the TMDM resembles a hierarchy between names and particular renderings of names in the real world, but for this resemblance to be a better match, topic name items should loose the requirement to always have a value property.

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Motto of TMRA 2010

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Multidimensional Topic Maps - A brief introduction to the theoretical foundation of the Topic Grid

This short paper is part oft the session Linked Topic Maps at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Topic Maps are means to formalize an ontology. Ontologies are used to describe a domain of discourse. In same cases, a domain comprises facets from different domains. This short paper briefly describes such domains and give an idea how to define multidimensional Topic Maps. The concept of more dimensional Topic Maps are basis of the Topic Grid system.

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National Data Standardization: A Place for Topic Maps?

This full paper is part oft the session Applications at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper deals with national data standardization efforts in Denmark and discusses the role Topic Maps – and topic maps – may play in a new standardization strategy currently being considered by the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency. The strategy entails a paradigm shift from syntactic data standards based on XML schema to a more semantically based approach involving, among other things, the development, publishing and sharing of so-called definitions. The paper accounts for the historical, political and technical context of the strategy pointing out some of the opportunities and constraints this context poses for the introduction and application of Topic Maps as a recognized “data standardization standard” in Denmark.

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Networked Planet Web3 Platform

This presentation is part oft the session Infrastructure at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Product presentation of a new online topic maps ontology, authoring and publishing platform.

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Onotoa - a Visual Topic Map Schema Editor

This presentation is part oft the session Ontology Modelling 1 at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: With the ongoing development of a standardized schema language for topic maps TMCL, it is necessary to develop tools for creating Topic Maps schemas. One approach could be the development a comfortable text editor which provides syntax highlighting and auto completion. Another approach would be a visual editor, which provides a diagram view and input masks for editing Topic Maps schemas, which is the topic of this paper.

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Paraconsistent Reasoning in Ontopedia

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Report From the Open Space Sessions of TMRA 2008

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This is a summary of the presentations made in the two open space sessions at the TMRA 2008 conference. The open space sessions were free-form sessions where anyone could sign up to do a short presentation. The result is a collection of reports on works in progress and interesting ideas, some of which are likely to appear as papers at next year’s conference.

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Semantic Integration of Relational Data Sources With Topic Maps

This full paper is part oft the session Linked Topic Maps at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Data integration of heterogeneous data sources plays a major role in the development of modern knowledge management systems. Additional enrichment of this data with the use of ontologies opens up completely new possibilities in leveraging the use of semantic technologies, and combining information from existing information systems. This paper presents the architecture and prototype implementation of a semantic integration layer for transparent access to relational data sources through the use of Topic Maps.

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Some observations on types

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Subj3ct – A Subject Identity Resolution Service

This full paper is part oft the session Linked Topic Maps at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Subj3ct is an online service that provides a resolution capability between identifiers for subjects and the web addresses of encoded statements about a subject. This paper explains the underlying concepts and protocols of the service and discusses different usage scenarios.

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Subj3ct, Representation Link Pingback

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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TMBrowse Protocol

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TMJP 2010

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Invitation to TMJP 2010

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TMQL4J – javabased TMQL engine

This poster is part oft the session Poster session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: In the present the technology of topic maps are used within different business sectors and applications. The main problem of such applications is the complexity of the data base modelled with the topic map paradigm. Because of these market requirements of a powerful and meaningful query languages, like TMQL, become more important. TMQL4J is a javabased TMQL engine, which contains different components to support the full process of parsing and interpreting TMQL statements. The engine implements the current draft of TMQL, which is far from the final standard, because of that we have to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the current draft.

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TMRA 2009 sum-up

This presentation is part oft the session Keynotes at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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TMSPARQL

This presentation is part oft the session Query and Update at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: An innovative and compelling approach to using SPARQL to query topic maps data.

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Temporal Qualification in Topic Maps

This full paper is part oft the session Ontology Modelling 1 at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper will introduce a number of predefined elements for the topic mas data model. The paper will start with a short introduction of the level and possible context of these elements. Then the problem the elements proposed here are supposed to solve will be described. This will be the problem of adding temporal qualifications to a topic map. A set of criteria for the quality of a possible solution will be given and possible solutions will be evaluated against these criteria. This will lead to the final proposal for adding temporal qualification to a topic map.

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Temporal Qualification in Topic Maps - Diskussion

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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The Contributions for the Poster Session

This poster is part oft the session Poster session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper contains the abstracts of the posters that were presented at the TMRA 2009 conference.

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Tolog Updates

This full paper is part oft the session Query and Update at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper presents a proposal for a Topic Maps query update language, an extension to the already existing tolog query language, partly based on the compact CTM syntax for Topic Maps.

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Topic Maps Web Service: Case Examples and General Structure

This short paper is part oft the session Linked Topic Maps at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: We implemented Topic Maps besed web applications which use the Topic Maps web service. We are publishing the applications on the internet. By using the service, according to identified subjects the web applications can get richer information from other topic map web applications easily and effectively. In this paper, we describe usable components for the service. We report the case examples of topic map web applications and Topic Maps web services which we implemented. They use the PSIs to identify subjects among applications. They also use TMRAP (Topic Maps Remote Access Protocol) which is a Web API to exchange Topic Maps fragment. We also consider the general structure of Topic Maps web service.

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Topic Maps for Association Rule Mining

This short paper is part oft the session Information Logistics at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: This paper investigates the possibilities for post-processing results of association rule mining algorithms with topic maps. Converting discovered association rules (DARs) as well as background knowledge to a topic map representation allows to assess the interestingness of discovered rules automatically with a topic map query language. This paper introduces a DAR ontology based on the GUHA method, a background knowledge ontology and a way of linking these two ontologies. It is shown on an example how these topic map ontologies can be used to represent particular mining data and how the tolog query language can be used to automatically find interesting rules in such a representation.

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Topic Maps for Philological Analysis

This short paper is part oft the session Ontology Modelling 2 at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: The use of Topic Maps could be extended to most of the research fields that work with information and in which the semantics is a main component. This paper presents the implementation of this tool for Philological analysis, applied to the example of theatrical productions. Throughout the paper we can see the use of the Topic Map concepts within the construction of each element (schema, populating, layers, etc.). This being the first approach to this matter applied in humanities, it is relevant the achievements related to the semantic of the texts, which is not only maintained, but it is essential for this subject of study. The results of these procedures can be measured in a quantitative level, but also, and more significant in a mix between philological approaches and semantic studies. This is all because of the internal construction of the Topic Map and the different visualizations created from it.

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Towards Semantic Search with Topic Maps

This short paper is part oft the session Query and Update at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: Using traditional full-text search on Topic Maps is the most common approach to search in Topic Maps today, and while it works quite well in most cases it also has substantial weaknesses. This paper explores an alternative approach, which attempts to interpret user searches in terms of the topic map being searched, to produce tolog queries representing the interpretation of the user's search.

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Towards Topic Map-based e-Learning Environments

This poster is part oft the session Poster session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: E-learning environments have shifted from organization- and teacher-centered settings to platforms for individual knowledge acquisition. They are supposed to trigger self-organized learning processes based on adaptable content representations. Individual learners should be able to explore content according to their mental model of the learning process itself, their current domain expertise, and their communication needs when learning. In this paper we revisit the idea of e-learning ontologies in terms of interactive design spaces coupling content with communication, as they can effectively guide developers in the transformation of learning tasks to features for human-computer interaction. We introduce a multi-dimensional, learner-centered approach capturing social and technical issues. The proposed Topic-Map-based representation scheme can be accessed from both, a content-, and an interaction-oriented perspective. In this way, it enables representations for both, individualized arrangement of content and communication, but also for immersive navigation, given a didactically relevant content structure for learning. Using standardized metadata, as given through XTM, the resulting systems are compatible with respect to content and communication.

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Triggers in Topic Maps

This open space is part oft the session Open Space Session at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: A proposal for a trigger language for Topic Maps

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Visual Rendering of Topic Maps Fragments

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idSpace: Distributed Collaborative Product Innovation

This short paper is part oft the session Applications at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: The idSpace project focuses on researching and developing a platform for distributed collaborative product innovation and aims at solving a number of shortcomings present in the currently available alternatives. Topic maps is an important factor in solving a number of issues, such as sharing concepts, reusing ideas and knowledge and creating an integrated ontology that ties all the aspects of a creative process together. It provides the project with means to help the user establish a fruitfull collaboration with other teammembers working in different locations.

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topicmapslab.de - a Topic Maps community portal

This presentation is part oft the session Information Logistics at the TMRA 2009 conference.

Abstract: In this presentation we shortly introduce topicmapslab.de as portal for the Topic Maps community. Furthermore we present some nice features the portal has: localisation, PSI disclosure, RDFa support, subject centric full text search, subj3ct.com integration. Furthermore we will explain how the domain model of the Topic Maps community drives the information and interface architecture of the whole portal. Concluding a short outlook to future features of the portal will be presented.

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