SemanText released as open source
12:59, 5 Dec 2000 UTC | Edd Dumbill

Eric Freese has released version 0.71 of SemanText, an application for representing semantic networks with topic maps.

The Python application is now open source, released under the GNU public license. It does not yet support the XML Topic Maps standard, but is likely to shortly. Freese explains the function of the program:

Semantic networks are a building block for artificial intelligence applications such as inference engines and expert systems. ... SemanText builds a knowledge base, in the form of a semantic network, from the topic map. New information can be added to the knowledge base and topic map automatically when the user defines rules which are used to infer new knowledge.

He states that the advantage of using topic maps is that the knowledge base is then easily interchangeable.

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