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Quick and Dirty Topic Mapping looks like it might solve eighty percent of something i've been thinking about for awhile - lighweight, bottom-up, ad-hoc "clumping" of my posts:

"The essence of this strategy is to work bottom-up, rather than top-down. I don't start with a predefined set of topics. Rather, I allow them to emerge from the material as I work my way through it. I don't try to create a topic hierarchy. Having wrestled with questions such as whether XML should be a subcategory of Web Development , or vice versa, I've concluded that this way lies madness. My goal now is simply to assign resources to a flat list of topics--from 15 to, at most, 40 of them, depending on the data set. The resulting topic map isn't fancy, but it chunks the data set usefully, it's easy to create, and it's easy to maintain."

throw in the fact that there's a new release of the touchgraph topic mapping software and it would appear that all my procrastination has paid off.

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2/07/2002 09:42:00 AM 0 comments


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