The digital library as an enterprise: the Zachman approach

Abdullah, A. and Zainab, A.N. (2008) The digital library as an enterprise: the Zachman approach. Electronic Library, 26 (4). pp. 446-467. ISSN 0264-0473,

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the needs of digital library stakeholders and how a collaborative digital library might be designed to meet these needs. The collaborative digital library has been conceived to support secondary school students' information needs in conducting school-based projects. Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture as the approach to investigate the user requirements and define the digital library organization, resources, processes, technology and information flows In applying the Zachman Framework and to holistically control the study, the case study approach and multiple data collection techniques were adopted. Findings - Information obtained from these data gathering techniques helps to populate the requirements of the top three layers (18 cells) in the Zachman Framework to ascertain the design details of the digital library's scope, business and system model. The framework requires the abstraction of the characteristics and features of the digital library based on Zachman's six dimensions - motivation, data, people, process, place and time - as well as explains their structures and processes from the perspectives of the planner, owner and designer of the digital library. Originality/value - The paper is of significance in the field of collaborative digital libraries, since the perspectives and dimensions established from the framework comprehensively capture the user needs and context of use, and help ensure that everything relevant to the digital library enterprise is covered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Abdullah, Abrizah Zainab, A. N.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative digital libraries; Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture; Asia; User need; Electronic library ;Malaysia
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Dept of Library & Information Science Unit
Depositing User: Miss Nur Jannatul Adnin Ahmad Shafawi
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 00:15
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 12:54

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