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Design research: The deferred actions of the design of the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI)

Kostkova, P; Patel, N; (2005) Design research: The deferred actions of the design of the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI). In: Proceedings of the HDL 2005 - the 3rd Healthcare Digital Libraries Workshop. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Green open access

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Abstract

Design research is concerned with developing knowledge of the design process. However, do theoretical system design theories meet the needs of system development in the real world setting? Are technical decisions made and justified on according to system theories or do social, political and financial factors prevail? We investigated the evolution of technical design, specification and development milestones of the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI) in the UK, one of the major government initiatives in the area of infectious diseases. By investigating project documentation, internal and formal specifications, informal email discussions where key technical decisions we made, we found out that the digital library design was rather unsystematic. We applied Purao’s standard descriptive model of design to understand the design of NeLI and compare the design process with the Theory of Deferred Action, which argues that rather than design being systematic it is subject to deferred action. In this paper, we will discuss the preliminary findings of this a work-in-progress project.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Design research: The deferred actions of the design of the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI)
Event: HDL 2005 - the 3rd Healthcare Digital Libraries Workshop. Held in Conjunction with ECDL 2005
Location: Vienna, Austria
Dates: 22nd September 2005
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dl.acm.org/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Digital Library, Health, System Architecture, Theory of Deferred Action
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084403
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