I can’t recall ever seeing a reference to the seminal work of John Zachman in providing a framework for information architecture. The framework provides a method for describing a set of architectural representations for different audiences when building a complex system. The method describes how the same product can be described, for different purposes, in different ways resulting in different representations. The Zachman Framework provides a 6 x 6 matrix looking at the different models used by an organization and it’s people during the lifecycle of a product. I need to do more reading about how the Zachman Framework can be used differently than a software development methodology and business process engineering. But it looks extremely interesting and promising.
John Leary provides a A Framework for Information Systems Architecture, by John Zachman, IBM Systems Journal, VOL26, NO 3, 1987; Â© 1987, 1999 as the reference paper to John Zachman’s original work. Thanks John!