Topic Maps for Philological Analysis

The use of Topic Maps could be extended to most of the research fields that work with information and in which the semantics is a main component. This paper presents the implementation of this tool for philological analysis, applied to the example of theatrical productions. Throughout the paper we can see the use of the Topic Map concepts within the construction of each element (schema, populating, layers, etc.). This being the first approach to this matter applied in humanities, it is relevant the achievements related to the semantic of the texts, which is not only maintained, but it is essential for this subject of study. The results of these procedures can be measured in a quantitative level, but also, and more significant in a mix between philological approaches and semantic studies. This is all because of the internal construction of the Topic Map and the different visualizations created from it.