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Authors: Vacharasintopchai, Thiti; Wuwongse, Vilas; Kanok-Nukulchai, Worsak; and
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2007
Series/Report no.: Proc. 8th Asia Pacific Industrial and Management System Conference (APIEMS2007);
Abstract: Practicing engineers often face two obstacles during the course of a design project. One is the limited access to relevant knowledge and another is the limited access to convenient computing tools. Several tasks are involved when a project is launched, in terms of computing workflow, research work, and discussion among colleagues. These tasks are repeated over and over again until a final design is arrived. If the tasks are not well facilitated, several bottlenecks will occur and an engineering firm may lose its competitiveness in the industry. Weblog, Digital Library, and Semantic Web Services possess the potential to improve the productivity of the engineers in dealing with the computational and knowledge management workflows. Weblog and Digital Library, modern information technologies deployable on the Internet or an intranet, can be combined into a modern form of knowledge management (KM) system which more naturally and collaboratively facilitates individuals in sharing tacit and explicit knowledge, as well as computing tools. Semantic Web Services, the joint application of the Internet-based Web Services and the Semantic Web technologies, can be applied to help unify and utilize the scattered computing resources, which include design tools, computers, databases, and knowledge bases, to enable numerical analysis to be performed in a fast, accurate, and automated manner. This paper presents a framework for the application of Weblog, Digital Library, and Semantic Web Services to improve the productivity of the engineers. A social-Web system prototype, developed to assist users in building up the personal portfolios of knowledge and computing tools which can be shared with their peers to form a larger organizational KM system, is presented to illustrate the framework.