Title: Sharing relevant knowledge within product development

Authors: Regine W. Vroom, Alexander M. Olieman

Addresses: Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands. ' Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands

Abstract: An Open Content (OC) repository that has a formal knowledge structure, but which allows users to share across organisational boundaries, could solve existing knowledge search problems. However, such a repository will still need to have boundaries set for its contents to stay relevant. Because users of the repository may author and edit the repository|s content, it is necessary to discuss which information is relevant to the intended field. A repository for Industrial Design Engineering serves as an example case. The authors propose a framework for discourse, based on descriptions of the field in terms of product areas, disciplines and design aspects.

Keywords: IDE; industrial design engineering; product development; open content repository; online design tools; knowledge sharing; knowledge building; information relevance; framework for discourse; design schools; WikID; semantic MediaWiki; product design; design education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.042292

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.14 No.1/2/3/4, pp.34 - 52

Published online: 03 Sep 2011 *

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