Michel Biezunski (InfoLoom) has announced Topicmaps.net as a new 'informative Topic Maps web site' that he is now maintaining, together with Steve Newcomb (Coolheads Consulting). Biezunski says: "This web site is devoted to our work in progress on topic maps. We have published a draft of the processing model for topic maps which we are working on, now called the 'Topicmaps.net Processing Model'. This document will be updated and completed." The editors also intend to use this web site to publish information on the convergence between RDF and Topic Maps; they will publish links from the web site to any application, or development of interest in the area of Topic Maps processing models, RDF/Topic Maps convergence, etc. Interested parties are invited to supply the editors with URLs for relevant resources.
From Topicmaps.net's Processing Model for XTM 1.0, version 1.0.1. A Processing Model for XML Topic Maps: Topicmaps.net's Processing Model for XTM 1.0 defines a set of rules for processing topic map documents in order to reconstitute the meaning of the information they are intended to convey to their recipients. It could be used as a partial blueprint for a topic maps application, but that is not its primary purpose. Its primary purpose is merely to illustrate, in a rigorous fashion, the authors' deepest understanding of the meaning of topic map information. In Topicmaps.net's Processing Model for XTM 1.0, the result of processing <topicMap> elements is described in terms of "topic map graphs" that consist of "nodes" and "arcs" which connect the nodes in certain ways. Note: Although Topicmaps.net's Processing Model for XTM 1.0 illustrates the meaning of XTM 1.0 syntax in terms of graphs and their component nodes and arcs, there is no intentionships) have "roles"; the topics that play those roles are called the "members" of the association. Associations are always themselves regardable as topics, because, just like topics, they represent specific subjects; the subject of an association is always the relationship that it represents.