XML/IDEF3 Based Training

Period of Performance: 07/01/1999 - 04/01/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
1408 University Drive East Array
College Station, TX 77840
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Because processes are central to the operation of all aspects of an organization, most decision-making applications and implementation solutions deal with the capture, specification, representation, and manipulation of process-related information. This information may in turn be used to support business process re-engineering, workflow systems development, and a wide range of training needs. Since these application domains require the same process information, its collection for one application should easily support other purposes. Yet, sharing and reuse of process-related information across applications remains an unrealized vision. The need for standards to capture, represent, share, and display process-related information is particularly important in training applications. Process-centered training provides students with the most reliable approach for understanding, internalizing, and applying new concepts. The objective of this project is two-fold: (1) Define an XML/IDEF3 standard, providing a neutral format for capturing, organizing, and sharing process-related data based on the XML Internal formatting standard, and (2) Develop an advanced authorizing toolkit for situation-based, process-centric computer-based training using XML/IDEF3 data. The proposed developments will provide an unprecedented ability to share and manipulate process information across web-based training applications, as will be demonstrated through this and subsequent phases of this SBIR.