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Web-enabled Information Services for Engineering


The WISE objective is to enable individuals and organisations in the engineering domain to access and use available information resources more efficiently, and to foster cooperation and communication among distributed teams. This will be achieved through more accessible knowledge assets, which are found and presented quicker, in a context relevant form that allows the worker to focus on quality, productivity and their own competence realisation and evolution.WISE aims at supporting engineers in their daily work with a consistent set of methods and tools as a basis of a ""smart"" organisation. WISE will develop a novel open platform of interoperable web-solutions for flexible working in and between the pilot organisation and its business partners. Big importance will also be put on corresponding adaptation of product development processes and corporate culture.

WISE will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and management in product development and manufacturing. This platform will not only provide IT tools and methods for handling knowledge assets but will also specify processes and organisational changes to make the smart organisation feasible. WISE will model and analyse workable processes for typical multi-partner networks engaged in product creation. This will help remedy the current situation and make suggestions for adapting the prevailing corporate culture towards a knowledge culture. WISE will build prototypes for improving the learning curve of networked organisations to become ""smart"". The orientation of the technical work is towards the development of efficient and integrated modules for modelling, acquiring, maintaining, retrieving, distributing, and re-using knowledge throughout the complete product development process and all involved partners.

WISE follows a user-centred iterative approach that enables participative design of networked information services. The project is centred around two prototyping cycles, which provide user feedback and help to validate the architectural and conceptual framework as the building blocks of a smart organisation. The first prototype will be evaluated by the users at the end of the project's first year. Tests with this prototype as well as a formal mid term review of the first phase achievements will provide a solid basis to formulate a stable set of principles and tools necessary for managing knowledge in the networked environment of a smart organisation. The second and final prototype development will take into account these results. The WISE work plan consists of ten work packages:- WP01: Surveys and State of the Art- WP02: User Needs and Functional Requirements for Knowledge-Environment- WP03: Design of Knowledge Process for Engineering- WP04: Concepts for K-Services and Functional Specification of K-Environment- WP05: Detail Specification of K-System Components and Final Architecture- WP06: Implementation of K-System Prototype- WP07: Industrial Testing and Evaluation- WP08: Industrial Introduction Support- WP09: Exploitation and Dissemination- WP10: Project Management and Coordination.


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