June 2007
Systems Science;2007, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p15
Academic Journal
Globalization and the digitization of data auld automation of the processes involved in information management have turned most of nowadays' design companies deeply dependent on their information systems [10, 4, 8]. The description of information management systems in design environments usually includes terms that belong to different fields of knowledge whose definitions are similar, but as they are being provided by different areas of knowledge and multidisciplinary teams, heterogeneous information sources and collaborative working tools need to be developed. Very important efforts are being taken by the scientific community in order to improve the information management systems in design environments. However, actual systems could be improved by the use of semantic technologies in order to enhance their accuracy and efficiency with the consequent reduction in time and money derived from such outcomes [2. 5. 14]. In this paper, we present a possible architecture of a module that provides semantic services (The Meta Level) which has been developed within the framework of a European project called WIDE [6]. In our approach, the main focus is to improve the information management in a design environment by means of semantics using an alternative (cyclic) information retrieval paradigm that is supported strongly by the most recent semantic technologies. The architecture presented could be easily adaptable to different systems, facilitating the implementation of such information handling in other fields wherein retrieval of information could be needed.


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