Extending the BIM Dictionary

The BIM Dictionary project is continuously expanding and will gradually include new languages (refer to editorial page). Subject to securing sponsorships, research grants, and/or specialised assistance from the larger community, the BIM Dictionary will expand beyond offering a research-based, peer-sourced glossary of terms. As the base for a much larger Knowledge Structure, the BIM Dictionary enables the development of semantically-interconnected guides, protocols, tools and workflows.

Work Packages List

The BIM Dictionary project is subdivided into a number of Work Packages that can be completed independently. There are also a number of Micro Projects (each is a Work Package yet managed by an independent team) that will help extend the BIM Dictionary and connect its deliverables to other BIMe Initiative and 3rd party efforts.

Below is the current Work Packages List (updated July 2, 2017):

Code Work Package Planned Activities Notes
A1.01 Project Admin Managing project scope, resources and timeline. Development of protocols; instigating and managing relationships with 3rd parties; and continuous alignment with other BIMe Initiative projects A volunteer Project Manager is sought. If you have the experience and are willing to help, please contact us.
A1.10 Canonical Dictionary Items – English Development and updating of Dictionary Items covering all common international terms within Noteworthy BIM Publications plus those identified within national and international standards in English Ongoing effort – improvement suggestions are always welcome
A1.11 Extended Descriptions – English Identification and invitation of subject matter experts to contribute texts, charts and videos (see example). Each Extended Description is a separate Activity within the Work Package Volunteers needed to identify, contact and follow-up with recognised experts
A1.12 Translations in LOTE Translation and continuous updating of Language Other Than English (LOTE) terms Ongoing effort by Language Teams – new teams needed
A1.13 Canonical Dictionary Items – LOTE Identification and inclusion of terms based on international Noteworthy BIM Publications and national standards in LOTE Not started yet. Can only start for LOTE that have completed translation of priority terms
A1.20 Tool Development – Front End Continuous improvement of the online UI/UX. Generation of a Terminology Explorer (interactive map); Custom Terms List; built-in Commenting Engine; and printing, exporting and linking features Help needed. Agile project manager. UI/UX designer. Full stack programmers and/or those skilled in Django/Python, JavaScript, MongoDB, Apache, CSS/HTML..
A1.30 Tool Development – Backend Development of an Editorial Dashboard to manage translations/updates and communication amongst Editors.Improvement of versioning and version control (allowing external links to a specific version). Database optimisation. Improvement and documentation of the API.
A1.50 Micro Projects (have their own project leader, resources and timelines) Re-structuring and formalisation of the Conceptual BIM Ontology through Semantic Descriptive Languages Initiated. Expertise needed to help in this process
    Development of a micro Framework that connects the BIM Dictionary to selected international efforts (e.g. buildingSMART Data Dictionary) Initiated. Expertise needed to help with this Micro Project
    Development of templates for Knowledge Blocks (e.g. a template Model Uses and Defined Roles) Volunteers needed to develop and/or test templates for Model Uses
A1.90 Publications Curation of a video on the BIM Framework Channel explaining the intent, background and use-cases of the BIM Dictionary Initiated
    Publication of a BIM ThinkSpace blog post introducing the BIM Dictionary Initiated
    Publication of a peer-reviewed paper covering the BIM Dictionary Initiated

How the BIM Dictionary project is managed

The BIM Dictionary started life in 2011 as part of BIM Excellence Corporate Services (BIMexcellence.com). In 2016, the database containing nearly 600 Dictionary Items database (and the underlying codebase) were separated and transferred to the not-for-profit BIMe Initiative.

Delivered under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, the BIM Dictionary will be extended through the generous efforts of BIMe Members and Volunteers. These efforts will be first coordinated by the Editorial Team until the project reaches Step C: Product Extension Phase in its development lifecycle (refer to 103in BIMe Initiative Projects). The BIM Dictionary project will then be transformed into a BIMe Initiative Product and the project team will be supplemented by a specialist product team to assist in charting the product’s growth path and sustaining its continuous success. Starting with Phase C, development processes and activities will be guided by the general project management principles discussed in ISO 21500:2012. Project/Product Leaders are expected to apply these general principles with the assistance of Project Managers from within the BIMe Initiative Network. As a BIMe Initiative Product, the BIM Dictionary will will stay under the same Creative Commons license as that has guided its development to date.

For more information, sponsorship offers, or to join the community effort, please contact us.

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