|The automobile manufacturers Audi, BMW and Daimler have announced the establishment of the Eclipse openMDM® Working Group. Under the umbrella of the Eclipse Foundation they aim to advance the development and distribution of open source tools for the measurement of data management internationally. Canoo Engineering AG is one of the founding members.
Experiments, measurements and simulations are in widespread use in the automobile industry, together with a multitude of measurements and meta-data. Documenting these data has been simplified thanks to the ASAM ODS Standard – an industry-wide recognized format for data storage. The goal now is to likewise facilitate the development of ASAM ODS based software for the evaluation and management of measurement data. To this end an open community comprising 30 vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and service providers has developed the modular method and software system openMDM® over the past few years. The Eclipse openMDM® Working Group, founded in July 2014, is currently further developing the system and aims to establish it as an international standard.
Driving the development of openMDM®’s software components
The Eclipse openMDM® Working Group supervises and controls the requirements placed on reusable openMDM® software components. In the case of new functionality, enhancements, as well as the maintenance of existing components, the Working Group instigates corresponding Eclipse open source projects. Likewise, planning and finance are enacted through the Working Group. It has a stake, moreover, in the quality assurance of the software components and provides tools for configuration and version management.
The first Eclipse open source projects have already been launched. The openMDM® core system is being enhanced on the basis of the new openMDM-5 Architecture. Work is furthermore being carried out on software components for web front-ends and rich clients.
Consortium of automobile manufacturers and software companies
The Eclipse openMDM® Working Group includes the so called driver members AUDI AG, BMW Group and DAIMLER AG. They regard openMDM® as a strategic platform which enables software applications in the field of experiment and measurement data management to be implemented rapidly and cost effectively. The founding members further include the software companies Canoo Engineering AG, GIGATRONIK GmbH, HighQSoft GmbH, science + computing ag and Peak Solution GmbH. The Eclipse openMDM® Working Group is open for the uptake of additional automobile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. Prominent industry players worldwide have already announced an interest in joining.
Committees coordinate the Working Group’s activities
The Eclipse openMDM® Working Group’s tasks, responsibilities as well as its composition are stipulated by the openMDM® Working Group Charter. This specifies amongst others that a representative from the board of ASAM e.V. is part of the Steering Committee Working Group.