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PROCEEDINGS OF THE ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL, STRUCTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
A Semantic Document Management System for Engineering On-Line Collaboration
M. Dolenc1, R. Klinc1, K. Kurowski2 and A. Gehre3
1University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
M. Dolenc, R. Klinc, K. Kurowski, A. Gehre, "A Semantic Document Management System for Engineering On-Line Collaboration", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 57, 2007. doi:10.4203/ccp.86.57
Keywords: semantic technology, ontology, virtual organisation, collaboration, engineering, civil engineering, InteliGrid.
In engineering in general, the ability to securely access diverse data sources in a collaborative environment is becoming an essential requirement for optimising the design, development and maintenance phase of the engineering product life-cycle. It is therefore essential to provide engineering end-users with a powerful but easy-to-use document management system that would enable easy, on-demand, personalised, and secure access to a document based information in a collaborative environment with a goal of supporting generic engineering end-user scenario .
In this paper, a prototype ontology based document management system is described based on the InteliGrid semantic grid architecture that provides the underlying technology for a complete document based data virtualization within a grid environment. The document management system described provides a generic, grid based, ontology enabled document management solution that provides client as well as server side components with well-defined web services interface that enables remote access of the underlying document management services. The system architecture allows realisation of several user cases. Most importantly, the main actor performing document management operations (annotation, searching, storing, retrieval, etc.) can be another grid or web service as a part of an automatic workflow.
The document management system described will be further developed into a general purpose ontology based information management system where the source of information will not only be documents but also highly structured product models based on domain specific ontologies.
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