Title: Applications of topic maps in knowledge management systems

Authors: Franz-Peter Glawar, Josef Kung, Thomas Luckeneder, Knud Steiner, A Min Tjoa, Roland R. Wagner, Wolfram Woess

Addresses: Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria. ' Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria. ' Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria. ' Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria. ' Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria. ' Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria. ' Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Strasse 69, A 4040 Linz, Austria

Abstract: This paper gives a short overview not only of the basic concepts of topic maps, but also of the advanced concepts. This document discusses a metadata structure, which allows making a topic map persistent within a relational database. To make integrity checks within topic maps possible, several constraint mechanisms are introduced. Additionally, for building world-wide internet directory services, a multilanguage component is included. Finally, this paper deals with the advantages of topic maps for a conception and ongoing implementation of a knowledge management system in the legal domain.

Keywords: topic maps; knowledge management; organisational memory; knowledge representation; internet directory services; relational databases; constraint mechanisms; law; legal systems; web-based directories.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2004.005883

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2004 Vol.2 No.5, pp.508 - 518

Published online: 23 Dec 2004 *

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