Modularisation of Knowledge - a New Approach in the Field of Product Innovation

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Birkhofer, H.; Berger, B.; Walter, S.
Section: Design information systems & knowledge management
Page(s): 289-294


Contents of product development knowledge have to be available in a broad range and rank high in quality for teaching, learning and applicating. Individuality in presenting and high flexibility in use and arrangement are requested. An approach to modularisation, filing and accessing of various contents of product development knowledge has been developed, considering the requirements of different users. Contents of product development knowledge are modularised based on three levels – elements, modules and containers – and linked and integrated into a knowledge pool. Appropriate modularisation is considered as a basis for higher quality, better understanding of design sciences and improvement of communication and collaboration.

Keywords: Modularisation of design knowledge, structuring in product development, teaching and learning support, knowledge database


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