Using contexts in managing product knowledge

J.J. Mills, J.B.M. Goossenaerts

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The appropriate use of context is a powerful tool for managing complexity asexemplified by the realization of a modern product in a globally distributed environment. We show that computational contexts can be created from the properties of entities such as the company, the project, the user, his organizational role, and the product itself. Our paper briefly presents the architecture of a product knowledge environment that is based on computational contexts. It then discusses several possible uses of computational contexts in the product realization process including management of product knowledge, managing the product realization project and supporting users while they perform the wide variety of tasks necessary to design, develop and produce a modern product.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge and skill chains in engineering and manufacturing : Information Infrastructure in the Era of Global Communications Proceedings of the IFIP TC5/WG5.3, WG5.7, WG5.12 Fifth International Working Conference of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing 2002 (DIIDM2002), November 18–20, 2002 in Osaka, Japan
EditorsE. Arai, J.B.M. Goossenaerts, F. Kimura, K. Shirase
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-0-387-23851-7
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1571-5736


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