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GhostWriter is a demonstration of how plan-based modelling and natural language generation can be used to greatly assist human technical authors in the production of aircraft maintenance manuals.

GhostWriter was a research project between British Aerospace Defence and Dassault Aviation, with assistance from AIAI and the Department of AI. Its primary objective was to design, develop and demonstrate a prototype authoring environment so as to illustrate the kinds of proactive support that are required by and that would benefit authors in the production of technical documents.

The volume of technical publications produced by and on behalf of each of the two aerospace companies is very large. From a business perspective, the motivation behind the GhostWriter project was to seek ways in which the production of technical publications could be made more efficient and reliable.

GhostWriter had to demonstrate an approach that would pay for itself in terms of the longer lifecycle of a publication, therefore the project concentrated particularly on the technology that would enable documents to be generated in English and French, and on knowledge-based techniques that would enable the author to receive advice about possible errors and omissions during the construction of a publication."
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