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Archiving the Semantics of Digital Engineering Artifacts in CIBER-U
William C. Regli, Michael Grauer, Joseph Kopena, David Wilkie, Martin Piecyk, Jordan Osecki

Last modified: 2009-04-09

Abstract


This paper introduces the challenge of digital preservation in the   area of engineering design and manufacturing and presents a   methodology to apply knowledge representation and semantic   techniques to develop Digital Engineering Archives.  This work   is part of an ongoing, multi-university, effort to create   Cyber-Infrastructure-Based Engineering Repositories for   Undergraduates (CIBER-U) to support engineering design education.   The technical approach is to use knowledge representation techniques   to create formal models of engineering data elements, workflows and   processes.  With these formal engineering knowledge and processes   can be captured and preserved with some guarantee of long-term   interpretability.  The paper presents examples of how the techniques   can be used to encode specific engineering information     packages and workflows.  These techniques are being integrated   into a semantic Wiki that supports the CIBER-U engineering education   activities across nine universities and involving over 3,500   students since 2006.

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