[sc34wg3] 3.13 Merging

Patrick Durusau sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Thu, 20 Nov 2003 15:16:45 -0500


Question about:

******3.13 Merging******
a process applied to topic maps in order to reduce the number of 
redundant topic map constructs

It that what we really want to say about merging? Sounds rather tepid to 

I don't use Pepper's Italian Opera topic map as an example of topic maps 
because it has a reduced number of reduntant topic map constructs.

My boss was quite delighted to find information in the Opera topic map 
he would not think to look for gathered up for a single topic. I don't 
think his reaction would have been quite the same had I said the 
advantages of merging are the reduction of redundant topic map 
constructs. Somehow it just doesn't roll off the tongue does it?

I realize that ISO prose should not be a marketing piece but on the 
other hand, I don't see any reason to hide one of the principal reasons 
why people will want to use topic maps.

Hope you are having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!