Data and knowledge manangement in field studies A case for semantic technologies

  • Hans Georg Schaathun Noregs Teknisk-Naturvitskaplege Universitet
  • Que Tran Noregs Teknisk-Naturvitskaplege Universitet
  • Mikael Tollefsen Noregs Teknisk-Naturvitskaplege Universitet
  • Etienne Gernez Arkitektur- og Designhøgskolen i Oslo


Ship design is a knowledge-intensive industry. To design safe ship systems for demanding operations, there is an increasing need for comprehensive knowledge of the operational context. Field studies is an important source of relevant knowledge, but current methods and information systems do not realise their full potential. In this paper, we discuss how the field data can be modelled semantically, integrated with relevant domain models, and be more effectively made available to the organisation. We propose a data model and a software architecture to facilitate the collaborative data analysis and modelling process favoured by designers.