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A Methodology for Handling Standards Terminology for Sustainable Manufacturing



Anantha Narayanan Narayanan, David J. Lechevalier, Katherine C. Morris, Sudarsan Rachuri


In order to develop the discipline of sustainable manufacturing, the language of discourse needs to be properly and clearly communicated, for both manufacturers and consumers. As a result a range of information standards that define the needed terminology is emerging. These standards span a wide range of technology, as well as geographical areas, and serve multiple purposes. The task of understanding the challenges in achieving a sustainability objective is very difficult when non- experts have to browse through several pages of document standards to find relevant information. Traditional document style standards and dictionary style definitions are very limiting when it comes to getting a holistic picture of requirements imposed by the business objective of sustainability. Our objective is to build a classification system for sustainable manufacturing terminology and a repository for knowledge dispersion to improve a reader’s comprehension of this information in order to support decision making. In this paper, we present an informatics approach to synthesize and classify the terminology defined in standards by studying the structure and relationships within standardized lexicons.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7965
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Standards, Ontology, Sustainable Manufacturing, Terminology


, A. , Lechevalier, D. , Morris, K. and Rachuri, S. (2013), A Methodology for Handling Standards Terminology for Sustainable Manufacturing, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 23, 2024)


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Created October 30, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018