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Topicmaps And IA


Topic maps are a natural fit for Information Architects since they're all about metadata.

So how can you use topicmaps when developing your information architecture?

It's a good question, and not much work has been done on this yet.

  • Topic maps could form the basis of the metadata for a website.
  • You would probably not use all the available metadata in a topic map on a website.
  • You can drive a lot of the navigation directly from the topic map.
  • But how that would work depends on the site...
So using topic maps really separates metadata from navigation in a pretty hardcore way.

Also see:
  • TopicmapThesaurusOrControlledVocabulary
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