Title: A distributed knowledge management infrastructure based on a Topic Map grid

Authors: Axel Korthaus, Markus Aleksy, Stefan Henke

Addresses: Business Process Management Group, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia. ' Information Systems III, University of Mannheim, Schloss, 68131 Mannheim, Germany. ' Information Systems III, University of Mannheim, Schloss, 68131 Mannheim, Germany

Abstract: Modern enterprise knowledge management systems typically require distributed approaches and the integration of numerous heterogeneous sources of information. A powerful foundation for these tasks can be Topic Maps, which not only provide a semantic net-like knowledge representation means and the possibility to use ontologies for modelling knowledge structures, but also offer concepts to link these knowledge structures with unstructured data stored in files, external documents etc. In this paper, we present the architecture and prototypical implementation of a Topic Map application infrastructure, the |Topic Grid|, which enables transparent, node-spanning access to different Topic Maps distributed in a network.

Keywords: distributed KM; knowledge management; topic maps; topic grid; grid computing; knowledge representation; ontologies; modelling; knowledge structures; unstructured data; networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHPCN.2009.026293

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking, 2009 Vol.6 No.1, pp.66 - 80

Published online: 05 Jun 2009 *

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