1. Principles of topic maps: A standard, separate from any particular
model, of the underlying principles that comprise the topic map paradigm.
Noting that we should learn from Jim Mason's report of the ODA experience
and focus on making those principles explicit and not allow notational
rigor become the actual goal. Such a "principles of topic maps" should
provide a way to evaluate any particular model for its adherence to the
principles that make topic maps, well, topic maps.
I see such "principles" as providing a means of distinguishing models for
topic maps from models for other things, as well as providing a means to
speak meaningfully about various aspects of topic map models.