Semantic Web Technologies for Data Integration in Multi-Disciplinary Engineering

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A key requirement in supporting the work of engineers involved in the design of Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) is offering tools that can deal with engineering data produced across the various involved engineering disciplines. Such data is created by different discipline-specific tools and is represented in tool-specific data models. Therefore, due to this data heterogeneity, it is challenging to coordinate activities that require project-level data access. Semantic Web technologies (SWTs) provide solutions for integrating and making sense of heterogeneous data sets and as such are a good solution candidate for solving data integration challenges in multi-disciplinary engineering (MDE) processes specific for the engineering of cyber-physical as well as traditional production systems. In this chapter, we investigate how SWTs can support multi-disciplinary engineering processes in CPPS. Based on CPPS engineering use cases, we discuss typical needs for intelligent data integration and access, and show how these needs can be addressed by SWTs and tools. For this, we draw on our own experiences in building Semantic Web solutions in engineering environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-Disciplinary Engineering for Cyber-Physical Production Systems
Editors Biffl, S., Lüder, A., Gerhard, D.
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Pages301 - 329
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102
  • 102001 Artificial intelligence
  • 102015 Information systems
  • 102022 Software development

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