Reification in the TMDM means using a topic to “reify” a name, occurrence, association, etc. Whatever a subject is represented by a name, occurrence or association, after “reification” it is also also represented by a topic.
For the TMDM-NG, let’s drop reification and make names, occurrences, associations, etc., first class citizens in a topic map.
Making names, occurrences, associations first class citizens would mean we could add properties to them without the overhead of creating topics to represent subjects that already have representatives in a topic map.
Do need to work on occurrence being overloaded to mean both in the bibliographic sense as well as a property but that can wait for a future post.