Alex Wright

Topic Maps 2008

March 17, 2008

I'm looking forward to trekking over to Oslo in a couple of weeks for Topic Maps conference. For those of you who follow this kind of thing, topic maps are an emerging framework for organizing subject-specific information:

“Subject-centric computing” is a new way of thinking about how we organize information. Building on traditions and insights accumulated over the centuries, it represents a paradigm shift in how we use computers to manage information and knowledge.

The basic idea is simple: the organizing principle of information should not be where it lives or how it was created, but what it is about. Organize information by subject and it will be easier to integrate, reuse and share – and (not least) easier for users to find. The increased awareness of the importance of metadata and ontologies, the popularity of tagging, and a growing interest in semantic interoperability are part and parcel of the new trend towards subject-centric computing. "
There are still a few slots available, so if you're looking for an excuse to spend a few days getting ontological in Oslo, act now.

File under: Informatics

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