Making Topic Maps operational

H. Holger Rath

Abstract

The Topic Map paradigm can be viewed as a new ‘data base’ approach for knowledge bases and the representation of knowledge structures. Relational databases use the query language SQL as a standardized interface between applications that implement the business logic and the database containing the relational data. The Topic Map community has expressed a need for a comparable query language for topic maps. So in May 2001 ISO JTC1 SC34 officially started a new standards initiative, TMQL (Topic Map Query Language). Why TMQL? What are the initiative's stated requirements? What is the current standarization status? What are the use cases and application scenarios?

Keywords: Topic Maps; Querying

Making Topic Maps operational

H. Holger Rath

Extreme Markup Languages 2001® (Montréal, Québec)

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