I'm involved with creating an ontology to link works of literature and
literary criticism in a topic map. The content that we are linking is
currently on a larger site (all marked up in TEI), which already uses a
topic map to store and map relationships between the texts it has
digitised. The current topic map links simple concepts such as works,
divisions of a work, authorship, publication, dates, and names of
people, places and institutions, using an ontology derived in part from
the CIDOC CRM ( <>
). However, we need an entirely new set of topics and associations that
are not descriptive, but interpretive, which we can apply to language
objects as well as actual things. For example, a few words or lines of
text may exemplify the author's treatment of a particular concept, or
show the influence of one or more other authors, works, moods, ideas


My question is, before we press on and risk re-inventing the wheel (even
a small, squeaky one), does anyone know if there is already a formalised
set of entities (topics) and relationships (associations) that could be
usefully used in a topic map?


Many thanks,




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