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e-Framework reference models

Reference Model and the e-Framework

The term 'Reference Model' is currently used in the e-Framework as a place holder for the concept of developing models based on learning, teaching, research or business requirements to show how one or more Services can be used to meet the described need. However, it has subsequently been agreed that 'Reference Models' was not a good term to describe the range of outputs resulting from the set of projects commissioned (detailed below), nor what the e-Framework was asking the community to contribute to the initiative. As a result, the concept of "domain maps" has emerged, which consist of a set of models (functional, practice, process, information and service usage models). Domain Maps play a key role in bridging the world of users with the underlying invisible world of services. They thus also provide a route for institutional planners and users to finding appropriate tools and services that meet their needs.

For more information on Reference Models (now Domain Maps) in the context of the e-Framework see:

JISC e-Framework 'Reference Model' (Domain Map) projects

2007 Update - Following an Invitation to Tender JISC has funded a Synthesis and Evaluation project based on the six reference model projects below.

In June 2004 JISC released a  circular inviting proposals to specify Reference Models for the e-Learning Framework (ELF) to:

  1. Produce an e-Learning Framework (ELF) reference model that included the following elements
    • define the scope of the application domain to be addressed
    • gather a portfolio describing current practices, processes and systems that address this application domain of use cases and scenarios of the domain
    • identify the shortcomings to be addressed and produce a gap analysis of the domain area
    • map the application domain to the services defined in the ELF
    • define a common solution pattern for the application domain
    • develop use cases describing the use of systems within this pattern
    • define which ELF service definitions are best to be used to support the pattern, if necessary defining application profiles of existing specifications, or new service definitions
  2. Produce a Reference Model implementation(s) that support(s) the development of the reference model and/or provides proof of concept.

Six projects were funded under this call:    

A reference model projects meeting was held on Friday 21 March 2006. The Powerpoint presentations are available below. During a five month extension (applied for by all projects except LADIE) which ended in August 2006, three workshops took place covering:

  • Defining and documenting services
  • Documenting workflow and processes
  • Submitting your reference model to e-Framework 

Final Reports are available for all Reference Model Projects from their JISC web pages (see 'internal links' box at the end of this page, or follow the links above).

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