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In the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) domain, the main concerns are to manage all the data related to a dedicated product: the product structure, variability, baselines which are snapshots of a specific configuration in the time. Moreover the data has to be connected to the digital mockup and must securily made available outside the enterprise to other stakeholders.
- Document Management: Version control, workflows, templates, links
- Product Structure Management: Search and filter the product structure
- Product Configuration: Manage effectivities, alternatives and substitutes
- Bill of Materials: List all raw materials of your product
- Process Management: Define workflows and manage tasks
- Change Management: Track modifications
- Data Visualization: Use your browser to explore your structures (WebGL), exchange with your colleagues or display your documents (Word, PDF, CAD...)
The project is about developing a software to manage all the data around products. The term “product” should be largely understood as it could be a manufactured good, pharmaceutical one, apparel or anything that is made, assembled, packaged by an organization. Most of the time, a product is a mix of hardware and software binaries that must be managed under configuration.
Data could be of various forms: meta-data, binary files, 3D representations. The project has to face many challenges: before attaching data on it, we need to model products accurately and that for different point of views (design, manufacturing, marketing, servicing) moreover data has to be shared securely across multiple stakeholders inside and outside the enterprise.
The software starts as an end-user application, but aims as being a platform as new extension points will be introduced in the coming version.
By hosting our project under the PolarSys umbrella, we expected:
- Build a community around the project
- To improve credibility by joining an established business friendly open source community
- To meet research partners and potential customers
- To collaborate with other Eclipse and PolarSys projects including systems engineering tools
Initial contribution is currently distributed under AGPL v3 license.
There is no legal issues. DocDoku owns the copyright of the entire project source code.
Obviously we use a large set of librairies and frameworks which are under open source licenses (mostly Apache, MIT or BSD).
As the application has already been deployed in production, we are ready to publish an intial contribution as soon as possible.
An initial release can be submitted for review as soon as the project is accepted.
The next release will be focused on documenting extension points and providing a SDK. This version will be the first version to be released directly under PolarSys.