Annotation and Knowledge Creation

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

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Boujut, J.-F.
Section: Design information systems & knowledge management
Page(s): 301-306


Annotation is a natural way for adding information to a specific representation. Every designer knows that, and it is the first thing a designer do when he wants to express a point of view or argument on a solution (evaluate, criticise, …). Most of the time these annotations remain informal and are considered as mere supports to a verbal exchange. We want to show in this paper that annotation is more than that, and that it is important to consider them as complex and composite elements. We argue that providing annotation facilities within CAD systems is not enough. Regarding what we exposed before we think that a work must be done in formalising organisation that will support annotation process in all its dimensions. For example functionalities of creating, storing retrieving new symbols should be implemented. Rules elicitations and formalisation should be implemented too, without forgetting the level of organisational learning. Indeed, we consider that the process of creating the rule is as much important as the rule itself.

Keywords: Collaborative engineering, design co-operation, annotations, knowledge sharing


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