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The following list suggests various categories of needs, resources, systems, and assets that might be invoked in Use Cases, but should be considered a starting place rather than exhaustive.

  • Users needs
    • Browse / explore / select
    • Retrieve / find
    • Identify
    • Access / obtain
    • Integrate / contextualize
    • Justify
    • Add information / annotate / comment


  • Context
    • Devices
      • Mobile phones
      • Local desktops
      • Remote desktops
      • Netbooks
    • Communication
      • Online access
      • Mobile - wireless
      • Mobile - cellular
      • F2F consultation


  • Systems
    • Library systems
      • Indexes
      • MARC Catalogs
      • Authority data
      • ILL systems
      • Management and administrative systems
      • Online reference
    • Non library information systems
      • Google books search
      • Google scholar
      • Citation tools
      • Commercial digital libraries
      • Museum information systems
      • Online bookstores
      • Knowledge bases
    • library and non-library system connections


  • Social uses
    • Social bibliography
    • User logs
    • Mash-ups


  • Information assets
    • Books
    • Journal articles
    • Open Web resources
    • Directories
    • Databases
    • Ontologies
    • Thesauri and controlled vocabularies
    • Registries
    • User-generated information
    • Multimedia materials
    • Archival materials


  • Information lifecycle
    • collect:
      • browse / explore / find / retrieve entities
      • to select an entity appropriate to the user’s needs
      • to acquire or obtain access to the entity
    • interpret / analyze / synthesize:
      • to convert entities to another format
      • to merge selected entities with local data
      • to reason about selected entities
      • to enrich existing entities with more data
      • to identify an entity
      • to contextualise the entities by connecting them with other entities
    • present / publish:
      • to create or update entities
      • to annotate, comment information
      • to visualize entities and their relations
      • Justify, to document the authority data creator’s reason
      • to make new entities accessible inside an information system
      • to provide new data as LOD