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Establishment of an Open, Wiki-Based Online Resource for Collaboration in the Field of Product Family Design

Establishment of an Open, Wiki-Based Online Resource for Collaboration in the Field of Product Family Design

Year: 2009

Section: Design Information and Knowledge

Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.

Author: Ciavola, Benjamin T.; Gershenson, John K.

Section: Design Information and Knowledge

Pages: 381-390

Abstract

Product and process platforming continues to be a fast growing and fertile field of research. To support collaboration in the field, we have developed a Wiki-based website that we hope provides a central location for researchers and professionals in the field to learn, share, and collaborate. The initial structure of the PlatformingWiki is based on a roadmap presented in 2007; a structure that we hope will see many iterations and improvements in this open environment. There are few public examples of inter-laboratory research-focused wikis. However, the open, collaborative nature of the wiki paradigm lends itself well to hosting in-depth debates; allowing for the easy identification of neglected avenues of research, and eventually resulting in a one-stop information repository for all things related to product and process platforming. Such a resource will prove valuable to anyone entering the field, including new graduate students, researchers in other disciplines, and industry professionals looking to reap the practical benefits of platforming research. We anticipate that the wiki will spur collaboration and accelerated the state of knowledge of the field.

Keywords: Product Platforming, Process Platforming, Modularity, Wiki

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