Metadata? Thesauri? Taxonomies? Topic Maps!
Lars Marius Garshol e-mailed me today to tell me about his new new article on topic maps and information architecture. To quote:
Information architects have so far applied known and well-tried tools from library science to solve this problem, and now topic maps are sailing up as another potential tool for information architects. This raises the question of how topic maps compare with the traditional solutions, and that is the question this paper attempts to address.
The paper argues that topic maps go beyond the traditional solutions in the sense that it provides a framework within which they can be represented as they are, but also extended in ways which significantly improve information retrieval.
(Lars: I promise I will print this off, read it in a spare moment, and get back to you on whether this has finally helped topic maps to sink into my brain.)