Classification of Digital Libraries - An e-Business Model-Based Approach

Markscheffel, B.; Fischer, D.; Stelzer, D.
February 2008
Journal of Digital Information Management;Feb2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p71
Academic Journal
The impact of digital libraries on information processes steadily increases. Today, users may choose from a rapidly increasing number of digital libraries with various characteristics. Business models for digital libraries evolve from mere content providers to sophisticated service suppliers. They offer a rich variety of information services combined with collaboration, e-learning and portal features. Traditional classification schemes for digital libraries do not sufficiently take this development into account or fail to meet it at all. In this paper we present a novel approach to the classification of digital libraries. It is based on business model characteristics with special emphasis on the evolution of digital libraries from content to information service providers. Our classification approach helps suppliers to communicate benefits and features of their libraries more effectively. It also supports customers when selecting an appropriate digital library.


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