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The Discipline of Organizing: Core Concepts Edition, 3rd Edition by Robert J. Glushko

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9.3. Reorganizing Resources for Interactions

Once the scope and range of interactions is defined according to requirements and constraints, the resources and the technology of the organizing system have to be arranged to enable the implementation of the desired interactions.

Commonly, interactions are determined at the beginning of a development process of the organizing system. It follows that most required resource descriptions (which properties of a resource are documented in an organizing system) need to be clarified at the beginning of the development process as well; that is, resource descriptions are determined based on the desired interactions that an organizing system should support. Most of these processes have been described in detail in Chapter 4, Chapter 5 and Chapter 8.

Resources from different organizing systems are often aggregated to be accessed within one larger organizing system (warehouses, portals, search engines, union catalogs, cross-brand retailers), which requires resources and resource descriptions to be transformed in order to adapt to the new organizing system with its extended interaction requirements. Elsewhere, legacy systems often need to be updated to accommodate new standards, technologies, and interactions (e.g, mobile interfaces for digital libraries). That means that the necessary resources and resource descriptions for an interaction need to be identified, and, if necessary, changes have to be made in the description of the resources. Sometimes, ...

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