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Title: The Digital Library as an Enterprise: the Zachman Approach
Authors: Abrizah Abdullah
A.N.Zainab
Keywords: Collaborative digital libraries
Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: The Electronic Library
Citation: Abdullah, Abrizah and A.N.Zainab. 2008. The Digital Library as an Enterprise: the Zachman Approach. The Electronic Library. Vol 26, no 4. 446-467 (Indexed by ISI)
Abstract: Purpose: Examines 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: Uses the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture as the approach to investigate the user requirements and define the digital library organisation, 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 six dimensons, 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: Would be of significance in the field of collaborative digital libraries since stakeholders’ needs and the contexts of use are not usually captured comprehensively, and the ongoing challenge is to model complex human and social behaviours in the form of collaboration and communication in such digital libraries Keywords: Collaborative digital libraries; Digital library research framework; Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture; Digital libraries in education; User needs; Malaysia Paper type: Case study
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/220
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