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Means for the exchange of Topic Maps are crucial for their further development of Topic Maps as industry integration standard. All existing approaches base on shared vocabularies. We clarify the term "absence of shared vocabularies" in the context of Topic Map Exchange. Afterwards we introduce the existing approaches for Topic Map Exchange and emphasise their limitations in the absence of shared vocabularies. Afterwards the SIM Approach is introduced and discussed. The SIM Approach allows the exchange of Topic Maps in the absence of shared vocabularies.