Tomoyuki Tsunoda The Institute of Social Environment Systems, Inc. 2-5-22,Suido, Bunkyo, Tokyo, 112-0005, Japan
"Cyber Messe" is a project to research the feasibility of holding industrial trade fairs on the Internet, and to explore an effective managing way of them. This project is being undertaken by the ENAA; Engineering Advancement Association of Japan. The research is based on the evolutionary prototyping ( Budde 1992). In 1997 a Cyber Messe feasibility study was undertaken, and Paper Prototype Models were drawn up ( Funane 1999). In 1998 a Cyber Messe Operational Prototype Model was developed, and a test-run was made on the Internet. In 1999 the model will be improved based on the results of the test-run in order to complete a practically useable system.
In 1998, "Toyama Craft Design Messe (hereinafter called TCDM)", was performed for the industries located in Toyama prefecture. The TCDM succeeded the Cyber Design Messe concept which was proposed in the previous study, and set up a handicrafts (woodwork, ceramics, glassware, etc.) exhibition on the Internet. The author participated in this project as a webmaster.
This report describes the development process and the results of the test-run of the TCDM.
Considering of the outline of the TCDM, the following items were defined. Strategy design. To succeed with the objectives and strategy of the system considered in the previous study. However, the functions offered were chosen from those suggested in the previous study. For example, the Cyber Tour and the Comment Board were done away with at an early stage.
Team design. After consideration of the team make-up proposed by Holzschlag ( 1996) and Sasaki ( 1997), a project team of eight was organized (Figure 1).