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Master's degree project: Dynamic Construction of context-maps for Netscape's Open Directory Project


Context-maps are a mix of mind-maps, UML-diagrams, concept-maps, topic-maps and other related graph-like presentations of knowledge. A special tool - a concept-browser called Conzilla - that supports navigation through an atlas of context-maps has been developed by the KMR-group over the last 3 years. Conzilla is intended to provide a user-friendly clean/extendable/personalizable environment. Originally we developed the idea of a concept-browser from a learning perspective, but it has proved to be very useful within other areas such as e-commerce, e-administration, organizational modeling etc. One of the problems with the current web is that its information is largely structured purely for human consumption. Hence this information is hard to extract from web pages overloaded with graphics and layout. W3C and the original creator of the web, Tim Berners Lee, strongly advocate RDF and what nowadays is called the semantic web as a solution to these problems. Even though RDF was suggested already in 1997, it is first within the last two years that it has gained real momentum. It now appears likely that there will be a "second-generation web" dealing more with meta-data, where search-engines and personal agents will thrive. We strongly believe that this web of well-structured, machine-readable information will have many other important impacts on society besides smarter agents, perhaps mostly noticeable within the learning community. Conzilla can work directly with the semantic web - both as a presentational tool and as an editor, which (to our knowledge) is a unique capability. Context-maps are loaded and saved as RDF expressions and can be thought of as presentational information added on top of any other information expressed in RDF. This means that in a not too distant future, when large parts of all information is accessible in RDF-format, we can present and extend this information in a multitude of different ways.

Currently all our Conzilla-maps are created manually, and since construction of maps is a time consuming activity, not that many maps have been made outside our own favorite areas. To remedy this situation, we suggest a server side creation facility for of maps based on some accessible knowledge.

The project

We would like a server side solution for dynamic creation of context-maps. In more detail:

Project environment:

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