TMRA 2010 will be the sixth event in the annual series of international conferences on Topic Maps Research and Applications. TMRA is the advanced scientific and industrial forum whose main object is connecting the key players in the Topic Maps community. Here you will find researchers and users in government and industry, as well as the vendors, the luminaries, and the standards creators gathered for an exchange of ideas in a stimulating setting. TMRA 2010 will take place in the Media Campus Villa Ida, Leipzig, Germany and will be hosted by the Topic Maps Lab.
Besides the keynotes, presented by leading heads of the Topic Maps community, the conference schedule covers parallel science- and industry-oriented tracks, poster and demonstration sessions. The latest ideas from the community are discussed in the open-space sessions. To get an impression of the conference we recommend you to have a look at the videos of the TMRA 2009 conference.
With Linked Topic Maps the motto of the TMRA 2009 conference was about spinning a global web of interchangeable and linkable topic maps. Linked Topic Maps was about the lightweight semantic integration of heterogeneous sources of structured and unstructured data, based on the integration model provided by Topic Maps. With the Topic Maps 2010 conference in Oslo the first applications of linked topic maps in industry emerged.
Within the last year the stack of freely available Topic Maps software grew considerably. The technology is ready for the next level of scale. But scalability needs data. It was Kal Ahemd who coined at the TMRA 2009 conference: “Information wants to be free. Information wants to be a topic map.”
With the TMRA 2010 conference we want to explore the various approaches to make Topic Maps based data available. There is a wide range of means for producing these maps: starting with generic Topic Maps editors, over web portals and domain specific desktop applications, to advanced approaches of exposing data sources as virtual topic maps. And how does fit this in the picture of the Linked Data web.
Besides the general techniques and methods of making Topic Maps data available and usable the handling of very large topic maps is of vital interest. How to use databases with several terabyte in a Topic Maps environment, how to synchronise such a data volume with the underlying data
sources once it is updated.
Consequently new data sources generate new applications. Which new kind applications are possible and already implemented? Do these application require now data sources which are not available in the Topic Maps world today? Generally, all kinds of applications are in interest – the scaling, web based ones and the applications on the enterprise level. They all have one in common: they all need information which behaves as topic maps.
The goal of the TMRA 2010 conference is bringing together all the ideas, concepts and implementations which will help to make information accessible and usable in a Topic Mappish way. The paradigm of the TMRA 2010 conference is: Everything which behaves like a topic map is a topic map, irrespectively of its origin. It’s all about paving the way for global knowledge federation.
You are invited to contribute a full or short paper, a presentation, or a poster to TMRA 2010 under the following main topics:
In addition to the presentation track, TMRA 2010 provides slots and locations for open-space sessions. You are highly encouraged to contribute to the open-space sessions!
Tutorials@TMRA 2010 will take place on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 prior to the regular TMRA 2010 program. The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide participants with lectures and instructions, on either well established or new cutting-edge topics, relevant to the topic mapping field. Tutorials@TMRA is the opportunity to teach your advanced technology to an interested audience. If you are interested in teaching your cutting edge technology to an interested audience, please submit your tutorial proposal.
We invite original, high quality submissions with substantial contributions to the objectives of TMRA 2010, published here. In 2010, the TMRA proceedings will appear in the LIV series, published by the University of Leipzig. The conference language is English. All submission details are given in the Submission Guidelines.
The submission deadline for all contributions is
June 15, 2010 EXTENDED to 30 June 2010. The conference management system is ready for your uploads.
Sixth International Conference on
Topic Maps Research and Applications
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