This is an email I recieved from Suellen Stringer-Hye interviewing "Alexander Johannesen, a Topic Maps programmer at the National Library of Australia". He has some intresting thoughts on the diffrence between Topic Maps and XTMs.
I have heard from Alexander Johannesen, a Topic Maps programmer at
the National Library of Australia. Here's a little interview with
him in which he explains what he says he is doing with Topic Maps.
Also, For an excellent explanation of the difference between XTM
and Topic Maps see:
SSH: Is your current
work for the National Library of Australia on the library catalog?
The typical scenario is that I'm given a set of MARC records (100
to about 3000, typically), and then I'll parse these through the framework and create a Topic Map from it, map in text and images,
Projects coming up that will be using the framework is our Annual Report, the FishTrout childrens folklore project, and our National Treasures website. Also in the pipeline is that it will run all our news, feeds and annotations to these as well, and possibly support
our future blogging.
So I'm more working with subsets of our catalog (which is more than
16 million MARC records). I'm also working on ways of doing the
full catalog in Topic Maps, but that's a bit further down the line.
Also, there's a few pet projects; the Convex (a Topic Maps driven thesaurus/dictionary library), the Phontology tool (tool for
scraping a file system, parse all sorts of bits with it, and create
a Topic Map of it) and the Topic Maps Wiki
http://www.shelter.nu/blog-070.htmlwhich still hasn't really
SSH:Is your website built on xtm?
It's built with xSiteable which is an XSLT framework that uses XTM
as the Topic Maps engine, so, yes, in a sense. On the front page in
the "feeds" section there is a RSS feed of the blogging, an XFML
facetet representation of the same, but also a full XTM file for
the whole website (the very one used for creating the site) that
... umm, may or may not be valid. I haven't checked lately. :)
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