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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [RT] Improved navigation of learning objects
Date Mon, 13 Oct 2003 13:52:17 GMT

On Monday, Oct 13, 2003, at 15:12 Europe/Rome, Bertrand Delacretaz 

> Le Lundi, 13 oct 2003, à 14:57 Europe/Zurich, Stefano Mazzocchi a 
> écrit :
>>> ...Some form of topic map would be useful to build "what's related" 
>>> info though, which helps navigation and discovery a lot.
>> Yes, but such a topic maps would have to be human edited. this is 
>> what scares me. tools for ontology creation (like Protege, 
>> for example) are available but are 
>> *incredibly* complex to to use.
> I was thinking of something simple, I think even just "broader term 
> (BT)" / "narrower term (NT)" relationships (like in a thesaurus) would 
> help find a lot of related stuff, conceptually something like:
>   cocoon
>    NT: sitemap
>   sitemap
>    NT: matcher
>    NT: sitemap configuration
>   matcher
>    NT: matcher pattern
> This would be an XML file from which a Generator could build a 
> bidirectional tree of narrower/broader terms. Clearly not a full-blown 
> topic map, but lightweight and easy to improve incrementally, we could 
> start with a limited set of terms and already have something useful 
> once learning objects are connected (by numerical IDs if we want this 
> to be solid) to relevant terms.
> But this is something that needs to be tested on a prototype to see 
> how useful/easy it is.

sound good to me.


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