I wrote to Lar Marius Garshol recently about some examples of the use of topic maps in education in Norway. This was one of the resources in his response.
NRK/Skole is an educational site for school children publishing sound and video clips from the archives of the Norwegian National Broadcasting Company, the Norwegian equivalent of the BBC. A team of editors scour the archives to find suitable content, then cut it into clips suitable for use in an educational setting and attach metadata to these clips. The content ranges from interviews with historical figures, clips from the daily news, documentaries, and even comedy gags.
All clips on the site are represented as topics in the topic map, and associated with topics representing people and subjects that the clips are about. In addition, clips are also attached to the programs they were taken from, providing three navigational entry points into the portal: person, subject, or program.
In addition, clips are connected with knowledge goals taken from the national curriculum, which has been published as a topic map by the Ministry of Education. Thus, teachers can navigate the curriciulum for their subject to find clips supporting any particular knowledge goal in the curriculum.
It occurs to me that merging content from this topic map with one on the same news subjects say from Fox News could be quite amusing. Even without translation. I don’t remember if news clips count as “fair use” or not. You would need to check with legal counsel before re-use of Fox content.
BTW, other examples of topic map welcome!