Feasibility Demonstration of ODA for Technical Documents


FODATEC - 5402

Keywords ODA, multimedia document handling


Start Date: 01-NOV-90 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The FODATEC project demonstrates the feasibility of using the ODA standard, combined with the STEP engineering product life-cycle standard, for the production, storage and communication of technical documents in an open environment.

Important new features of FODATEC are the use of ODA attributes to index and retrieve document parts, both locally and remotely, and to add management information to document constituents at all levels. This allows multi- authoring and version management at document part level. Also important is the possibility to introduce STEP engineering data directly as graphics into documents.

The FODATEC tools allow the use of international and industry standards such as ODA, SGML, STEP and SQL for document production, storage and retrieval. The adherence to such standards is becoming a vital element of technical documentation systems, given the regulatory initiatives in several industries such as the defence, aviation and automotive industry. It also safeguards investments made in production systems for the coming years.

A production and management environment for technical documents has been developed as an integrated software system. It allows the integration of 3D product data, vector and raster graphics and text into documents on paper or in electronic format (in document databases or published on optical media). The system runs on industry standard Unix workstations; it is ported to one of the new European workstations.

Progress and Results

The different components of the system are:

A modular approach in the system architecture allows replacement of the document editor by another and of the database server module by another (for which any SQL server can be used).

The project contributes to the ISO standardisation work on ODA (especially for partial documents and remote manipulation of documents) and on STEP (relationships STEP-ODA and STEP-technical documentation).

Exploitation

Three main areas have been identified in which results from FODATEC can be exploited by the industrial partners:

Apart from these documentation systems, each industrial partner will also re-use FODATEC results in their own interest area, such as CD-ROM production environments, documentary database systems, X.400 based products, ODA converters and desktop publishing solutions. For support and maintenance of these installations, mutual agreements between consortium partners have been worked out.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Jacques Deseyne
BUREAU VAN DIJK
Avenue Louise 250 BP 14
B - 1050 BRUSSELS
tel: + 32/ 2-6486697
fax: + 32/ 2-6488230
telex: 20605 MVDBRU

Participants

BUREAU VAN DIJK - B - C
CAPTION - F - P
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE
CATALUÑA - E - P
KAPSCH AG - A - A
UNIVERSITÄT KARLSRUHE - D - A
TELEMATICA, OFIMATICA Y
COMUNICACIONES SL - E - A


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FODATEC - 5402, December 1993


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