Regli, William C. (Drexel University) | Kopena, Joseph B. (Drexel University) | Grauer, Michael (Drexel University) | Simpson, Timothy W. (Penn State University) | Stone, Robert B. (Oregon State University) | Lewis, Kemper (University at Buffalo - SUNY) | Bohm, Matt R. (Oregon State University) | Wilkie, David (Drexel University) | Piecyk, Martin (Drexel University) | Osecki, Jordan (Drexel University)
This article introduces the challenge of digital preservation in the area of engineering design and manufacturing and presents a methodology to apply knowledge representation and semantic techniques to develop Digital Engineering Archives. This work is part of an ongoing, multiuniversity, effort to create cyber infrastructure-based engineering repositories for undergraduates (CIBER-U) to support engineering design education. The technical approach is to use knowledge representation techniques to create formal models of engineering data elements, workflows and processes. With these formal engineering knowledge and processes can be captured and preserved with some guarantee of long-term interpretability.