Towards the Specification of Digital Content: The Enterprise Content Modeling Language (ECML)

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vom Brocke, J., Becker, J., Simons, A., & Fleischer, S. (2008). Towards the Specification of Digital Content: The Enterprise Content Modeling Language (ECML). Paper presented at the 14th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2008), Toronto, Canada, paper 403. (VHB_3: D)

Publication type

Paper in Conference Proceedings


Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is requisite technology for issues of compliance, governance, and business process efficiency. However, the implementation of ECM systems (ECMS) confronts organizations with a manifold of challenges. Particularly the multiplicity and diversity of digital content captured within an organization makes a tailored ECMS adoption difficult. In this paper we state that conceptual models may serve as a means for the structured analysis and design of ECMS. On the basis of a literature review, we derive specific requirements for content modeling and show that these requirements are not met by conventional modeling languages. We therefore introduce ECML, the Enterprise Content Modeling Language, which is specified by means of meta-modeling and illustrated on the basis of an exemplary application.


ECM-Blueprinting: Management von Content in Geschäftsprozessen
FFF-Förderprojekt, January 2008 until May 2012 (finished)

Organisationen sehen sich heute einer rasant steigenden Informationsflut ausgesetzt. Die effiziente, rechtskonforme und sichere Bewirtschaftung digitaler Informationen, sog. "Content", in den ... more ...

Managing enterprise content in business processes
PhD-Thesis, October 2008 until October 2011 (finished)

The dissertation explores contemporary issues that arise during the implementation of ECM. The dissertation is paper-based (PhD by publication), and each paper addresses a selected set of ECM issues. ... more ...


Organizational Units

  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair of Business Process Management