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A new design structure for a classification system in Korean Traditional Performing Arts

Ok nam Park and Sam Oh

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Discussions of classification system design are limited to providing technical ‘recipes,’ lacking detailed “how-to’s.” Previous literature has addressed collaboration in classification system design; however, there has been a lack of discussion on how collaborative system design could be formed, or on the benefits and challenges that exist in system design. The present study aimed to introduce a generic design structure for a classification system with a focus on collaboration. A collaborative model for classification system design involved diverse stakeholders, including domain experts, system owners, catalogers, librarians, designers and evaluators, and described how collaboration works throughout the design process. It investigated the limitations of the current available discussions of classification system design. The value and focal aspects of collaborative design on the basis of literature review are clearly stated – 1) to capture diverse perspectives from stakeholders and current problems in the work place, 2) to respect stakeholders as experts, and 3) to keep an iterative design and feedback loop. The results of a case study in Korean Traditional Performing Arts and its design structure were presented. A collaborative model that adopts process analysis techniques from social process models was shown. This generic model of classification system design captures needs, goals, and contexts of a classification system design, the required design criteria and the possibly diverse perspectives from stakeholders. Collaboration in the case study reveals the role and tasks of each stakeholder across an evolving design process. Domain experts provided subject expertise and feedback. Internal stakeholders functioned as information and feedback providers; in addition, these stakeholders acted as an important communication liaison. Evaluators also offered subject expertise. Designers were mainly analyzers, design executors, and sharers of their analysis of domain and design methodologies. The task interdependencies of the stakeholders as a collective group helped designers to incorporate knowledge and prepare the final product.

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