This paper reports on a collaborative product development and knowledge management platform for small to medium enterprises. It has been recognised that current product lifecycle management (PLM) implementations are document oriented, have a non-customisable data model and inter-enterprise integration difficulties. To overcome these, an ontological knowledge management methodology utilising the semantic web initiative data formats was added to a PLM and an open source alternative. Shortcomings of centralised architectures are highlighted and a solution using a de-centralised architecture proposed. This is implementable at low cost; the scalability increases in line with user numbers. Ontologies, rules and workflows are reusable and extendable.
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Aziz, H., Gao, J., Maropoulos, P., & Cheung, W. M. (2005). Open standard, open source and peer-to-peer tools and methods for collaborative product development. Computers in Industry, 56(3), 260-271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compind.2004.12.002