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Friendly-data CAD tools?

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 01:09:49 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd0611181609v16af34f8w99dff9b519856e58@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Semantic web list" <semantic-web@w3.org>

I've got a couple of projects literally on the doorstep, both
involving real-world objects, both of which the computer should be
able to help with. One is fixing up a house interior (walls & roof ok,
the rest isn't far from scratch), the other an electric guitar. I
think it's a fair assumption that a CAD tool will be useful in both
cases for the diagrams. But there's a lot of other significant data
associated with each, e.g. wood inventory for the stairs, payment
schedules for anyone we have to employ, the cost of the pickups I
declare to my wife.

Does anyone happen to know of any software that could do the CAD part,
and allow the rest?

Ideal features:

* compatibility with industry standard tools (I'm guessing that means
AutoCAD's format)
* support for XML diagram format(s) - SVG etc.
* annotatibility (the cellar walls really must have URIs)
* open source (so I can compensate for woodworm)

I haven't properly started looking for appropriate vocabularies, I'm
rather hoping perhaps Cyc might help there, I really don't want to
drop into any specialist building and/or guitar industry xsd
(really!). Quite happy to make up local terms where necessary. I did
find a page for PartWhole [1] on the ESW Wiki which includes a link to
cyc:part, but alas the link 404s. Pointers to potentially useful
vocabs appreciated.

I don't really expect anything from the RDF beyond structured
note-taking, but do hope to get some clue from this about how to
rescue the project vocabulary [2] I left in limbo.


[1] http://esw.w3.org/topic/PartWhole
[2] http://purl.org/stuff/project/


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