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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: [RT] Improved navigation of learning objects
Date Mon, 13 Oct 2003 13:12:03 GMT
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:

    NT: sitemap
    NT: matcher
    NT: sitemap configuration
    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.


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