ECSS Knowledge Library
The ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardization) was funded in 1996 an initiative established to develop a coherent, single set of user-friendly standards for use in all European space activities, thus providing the European space community with an integrated set of space-specific standards.
Among the wide variety of standards, the ones mapped in the ECSS Knowledge Library are the following:
- ECSS-S-ST-00-01C – Glossary of terms (1 October 2012)
- ECSS-E-ST-10-06C – Technical requirements specification (6 March 2009)
The content of the Knowledge Library is:
- Vocabulary/Dictionary/Glossary: as extracted from the ECSS-S-ST-00-01C – Glossary of terms
- Taxonomy of terms/Thesaurus: inferred from ECSS-S-ST-00-01C – Glossary of terms
- Taxonomy of types of requirements: the ones represented in ECSS-E-ST-10-06C – Technical requirements specification
- Requirements patterns: created using the examples that are given for each different type of requirement in ECSS-E-ST-10-06C – Technical requirements specification
- Requirements quality rules: following the recommendations in ECSS-E-ST-10-06C – Technical requirements specification
This content allows quality control teams to inspect requirements specifications following these rules (by using RQA – QUALITY Studio), and allows the requirements authors to have quality checking in real-time using the RAT – AUTHORING Tools plug-ins. Authors will also benefit of the implementation of requirements patterns, having the content of the patterns and the content of the glossary in front of them while writing the requirements.
A complete webinar describing this library and putting it into action can be found at: How to write requirements in the Space Industry using a Knowledge Library based on ECSS standards