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MAGAL-ROYO, T; JORDA-ALBINANA, B.  and  LOZANO-SUAZA, R.. Experimental on-line platform for product conceptual design: OpenDesigNet. Ing. Investig. [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.3, pp.61-65. ISSN 0120-5609.

This paper highlights the need for using specialised on-line collaborative environments by designers and product engineers who increasingly use Web 2.0 technology to search for information. Although there are professional channels and networks, there is no specific platform which helps during a new product's conceptualisation phase. Open communication must thus be promoted and encouraged amongst design professionals and companies to form working groups thereby allowing them to work collaboratively in the most open and creative phase of product design, i.e. conceptualisation. The OpenDesigNet (ODN) experimental platform has been developed so that designers and small- or medium-sized companies (SMC) can access on-line collaborative tools to support the creation and promotion of new on-line products and assess their immediate social impact. This article presents some of the results obtained during the validation phase involving a platform satisfaction survey of design engineering students and has led to a first-hand assessment of the new platform's potential impact on their professional future.

Keywords : product engineering; Web 2.0; collaborative environments; product design; Open Source.

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