INTELLIGENT SEARCH FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION - AN ONTOLOGY-BASED APPROACH
The active management of information and knowledge is nowadays considered an important means to achieve an enterprise’s competitiveness, which is especially relevant for the information intensive domain of product development. In this paper, two industrial case studies are presented, where deficits in knowledge management via digital databases were addressed. The mechanisms to access relevant contents within the regarded databases in specific search situations showed high potential for optimization. In both cases, an ontology-based approach was chosen to address these issues. As a first step towards a solution, initial ontologies were developed for defined use cases, (partially) implemented and evaluated. Results are discussed in the paper.