Ontology-based information management in design processes
Engineering design processes are highly creative and knowledge-intensive tasks that involve extensive information exchange and communication among diverse developers. In such dynamic settings, traditional information management systems fail to provide adequate support due to their inflexible data structures and hard-wired usage procedures, as well as their restricted ability to integrate processes and product information. In this paper, we advocate the idea of Process Data Warehousing as a means to provide an information management and integration platform for such design processes. The key idea behind our approach is a flexible ontology-based schema with formally defined semantics that enables the capture and reuse of design knowledge, supported by advanced computer science methods.