THE ECODESIGN KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM - SUPPORTING ECODESIGN EDUCATION AS WELL AS ECODESIGN KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
The Ecodesign Knowledge System, presented in this paper, makes use of four strategies to support the efficient retrieval of information: a classification in a number of knowledge types, a contextual indexing technique, a web of knowledge, and direct access to term definitions. The Ecodesign Knowledge System received very positive reactions from designers during demonstration sessions. However, due to its high manpower requirement for system maintenance, it is as a knowledge management system mainly suited for large enterprises with centralised ecodesign competence centres. On the other hand, SMEs can take advantage of an externally supplied Ecodesign Knowledge System, serving mainly as an ecodesign education and technology watch tool.