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Towards interoperable recordkeeping systems

Towards interoperable recordkeeping systems PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to introduce an infrastructural approach to metadata modelling and a generalised meta-model for recordkeeping metadata. This meta-model is an attempt to support interoperability between disparate systems, and particularly, between sets of ostensibly incommensurate record documentation.Design/methodology/approachThe investigation used a reflective design-science investigation comprising interviews adaptive literature review, creation of conceptual models and the design and instantiation of a proof-of-concept system.FindingsThe investigation confirms that recordkeeping interoperability between disparate ontologies is achievable through a meta-model approach. In particular, the meta-model carefully defines relationships between entities with specific semantics that enable the development of interoperable domain schemas.Practical implicationsA meta-model for recordkeeping metadata facilitates the development of recordkeeping systems that possess interoperability-by-design.Social implicationsRecordkeeping systems that conform to the meta-model can, therefore, transcend the immediate transactional context and support participatory recordkeeping in terms of a plurality of stakeholder world views and agency in records.Originality/valueThis paper is one of the few reporting design-science approaches to recordkeeping informatics and one that has used a meta-model approach for recordkeeping metadata design. In contrast to most empirically determined metadata schemas, the top-down design approach has produced a schema from a wide variety of ontological sources. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Records Management Journal Emerald Publishing

Towards interoperable recordkeeping systems

Records Management Journal , Volume 27 (2): 24 – Jul 17, 2017

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0956-5698
DOI
10.1108/RMJ-09-2016-0027
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to introduce an infrastructural approach to metadata modelling and a generalised meta-model for recordkeeping metadata. This meta-model is an attempt to support interoperability between disparate systems, and particularly, between sets of ostensibly incommensurate record documentation.Design/methodology/approachThe investigation used a reflective design-science investigation comprising interviews adaptive literature review, creation of conceptual models and the design and instantiation of a proof-of-concept system.FindingsThe investigation confirms that recordkeeping interoperability between disparate ontologies is achievable through a meta-model approach. In particular, the meta-model carefully defines relationships between entities with specific semantics that enable the development of interoperable domain schemas.Practical implicationsA meta-model for recordkeeping metadata facilitates the development of recordkeeping systems that possess interoperability-by-design.Social implicationsRecordkeeping systems that conform to the meta-model can, therefore, transcend the immediate transactional context and support participatory recordkeeping in terms of a plurality of stakeholder world views and agency in records.Originality/valueThis paper is one of the few reporting design-science approaches to recordkeeping informatics and one that has used a meta-model approach for recordkeeping metadata design. In contrast to most empirically determined metadata schemas, the top-down design approach has produced a schema from a wide variety of ontological sources.

Journal

Records Management JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 17, 2017

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