[sc34wg3] Let's revert to N323!

Lars Marius Garshol sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
05 Feb 2003 12:51:21 +0100

* Patrick Durusau
| What do you think are the reasons for either including the RM as
| part of this multipart standard or it being a separate standard on
| its own?

Personally, I don't have a very strong opinion on this. I feel that
the RM in many ways goes beyond topic maps (ISO 13250 sense) and
offers a bridge to other technologies. For that reason it makes sense
to consider it separate.
| The RM is designed to define the essence of what it means to be a
| topic map and provides a heuristic device for evaluating topic map
| models and topic maps separate and apart from any particular data
| model or implementation or instance of a topic map.

I think what you write here argues both ways. On the one hand there is
a connection with topic maps, on the other hand there is a bridge to
other models. This is precisely the reason why I feel it makes more
sense to keep the RM outside 13250, but, again, I don't feel very
strongly about it.

What is far more important is what we say to the rest of the world.
So long as we present a consistent and reasonable picture of the
relationship between the RM and topic maps I don't think there is much
of a problem.

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