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The NIST Design Repository Project: Project Overview and Implementation Design



Ram D. Sriram, Simon Szykman


The NIST Design Repository Project involves research toward providing a technical foundation for the creation of design repositories? repositories of heterogeneous knowledge and data that are designed to support representation, capture, sharing, and reuse of corporate and general design knowledge. The in-frastructure being developed consists of formal representations for design artifact knowledge, web-based interfaces for creating and browsing design repositories, and facilities to allow searching of repositories using concepts that have engineering design relevance, such as product function. This document provides detailed information regarding the design, architecture, and implementation of the main components of the current Design Repository Project tool suite. Included are the project specifications, and descriptions of the architecture and the mplementation illustrated with numerous diagrams and schemata. The document is not intended to serve as an introduction to the Design Repository Project, but rather as a technical reference describing the design, rationale, and implementation of the software system developed through this effort.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6926
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design repositories, information modeling, knowledge representation, product development, software architecture, software engineering


Sriram, R. and Szykman, S. (2002), The NIST Design Repository Project: Project Overview and Implementation Design, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created March 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021