Knowledge Management Using Topic Maps
Saturday 31st of December 2016 10:42:19 AM
My name is Brett Kromkamp and I developed the back-end, the topic maps engine, and front-end web application (for QueSucede.com) myself, scratching the proverbial itch and also providing an example of eating one's own dog food. I used to have a blog, but I prefer a topic maps-based approach for organizing my principles, ideas, current research topics, projects, and learning experiences. In that respect, this is my commonplace book.
The QueSucede.com web application is still under active development and a lot of functionality is still pending implementation.
Design: the role of finding the best way to serve a purpose while respecting some constraints. You have to be creative to deal with the constraints while keeping the purpose.
TopicDB is a topic map-based graph (NoSQL) database.
Its (MIT-licensed) source code is available on GitHub and the accompanying Python package on Python Package Index (PyPI):
Story Engine is a collection of domain models and corresponding persistence-related command classes together with an accompanying set of API endpoints for the retrieval of a semantic description of 3D environments.
Its (MIT-licensed) source code is available on GitHub:
Web and Mobile
- StoryTechnologies is a topic maps-based web application for organizing and structuring narrative content. The focus will be on using a bespoke topic maps engine in combination with a narrative-oriented user-interface pulling together all of the elements that make up story, including plot/structure, characterization, and setting (story world) with the goal of creating a uniquely powerful piece of story writing software. Initially, the intention is to rapidly experiment with "developing" a series of short stories to gain experience in the actual process of writing stories. Take a look at the following article to get a better understanding of the scene browser: Interactive Scene Browser for Stories.
- PerfectLearn is a topics map-based knowledge management system with extensive integration with the semantic web (and part of the CrystalMind-based suite of applications).
- PerfectLearn for Android
You can’t have strategy without tactics… if you do it’s called dreaming. You can’t have tactics without strategy… if you do it’s called chaos.
App Experience = (Brand + Channels + Service + Devices + Functionality + Content) / Time.
- NotesMappr (soon to be renamed NotesMapper for Android) is PolishedCode's semantic note taking app for Google’s Android platform. In other words, NotesMappr (see screen shot, below) is note taking that fits your brain.
- NotesMappr can be thought of as the textual equivalent of mind maps and/or concept maps. In a nutshell, NotesMappr's powerful underlying data structure, topic maps, makes it possible to link your notes in any way imaginable.
- Furthermore, NotesMappr's integration with Freebase makes it very easy to complement and enhance your own notes with comprehensive and reliable external articles and (associated) images.
- Finally, a set of notes in and of itself is a valuable thing. However, said set of notes becomes more valuable if the notes themselves are related in an appropriate manner. In addition, context enables both easy and quick discovery of information saving you time. Furthermore, context enables you to expand your knowledge without the risk of your knowledge becoming disjointed or fragmented.
- NotesMappr provides you with both the ability to establish meaningful relationships between notes and subsequently navigate said notes in a very straightforward manner.
- NotesMappr enables you to complement and enhance your own notes with articles and images from Freebase, an open Creative Commons licensed repository of structured data of almost 22 million entities.
- In addition to (formal) associations, NotesMappr also features "WikiWords" (words with multiple capital letters in the body of a note) to create and link notes within their context. NotesMappr automatically turns said WikiWords into links to other notes - just tap a link to create the new note.
Now, imagine studying with this app at your disposal. Or researching. Or generally just compiling notes on whatever topic that interests you. Just think for a moment how useful this app would be. What are you waiting for? Get NotesMappr for your Android device, now. It’s free.
Miscellaneous programming projects (with source code)
- Eight-puzzle Java implementation - Classical Artificial Intelligence (AI); representing the search space of problem-solving tasks as networks.
- Python implementation of a virtual (stack-based) machine (VM) with CPU, I/O and memory, including a 'compiler'.
- Python 2 layered [3D] tree implementation and Python 3 tree implementation.
- Agile software development models written in Python 3.
- Conway's Game of Life implemented as a Java applet.
- Java tree implementation with depth-first and breadth-first iterators.
- Topic map-based Universal Design Pattern implementation.
- QueSucede.com (the site you're currently browsing, built on top of the CrystalMind topic map engine).
Rich Internet Applications (RIA)
- Adobe AIR application called Topics and accompanying web site PolishedCode.com. Check-out how things are progressing at polishedcode on Twitter.
- Python tutorial (Learn Python Programming for Beginners)
Vector Graphics Scripting
- Java and HTML5 <canvas> tag / SVG libraries
- Topic maps
- Information Architecture (IA)
- Adaptive Learning
- Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
- Educational Technology (EdTech)
- Domain Specific Languages (DSLs)
- Creating and discovering
- Sharing and learning
- Organizing and managing
Conceptual frameworks and patterns
Marketing / Business
- Blender - 3D modeling for characterization and world building purposes and part of my StoryTechnologies project.