Title: Revisiting knowledge warehousing: theoretical foundations

Authors: Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Amit Mitra

Addresses: Department of Information Systems, Cranfield University, Swindon SN6 8LA, UK. ' Department of Information Systems, Cranfield University, Swindon SN6 8LA, UK

Abstract: Ever since the late 1990s, different research communities have used the term |knowledge warehousing| to refer to several types of IT-based tools. An extensive review of the literature on this topic revealed that existing approaches to knowledge warehousing may be classified into three completely different categories. None of the studies reviewed has been able to provide a compelling justification for their suitability. Given such lack of clarity, it seems that we are just experiencing a |syntactic upgrade| of the concept of data warehousing into a new, more fashionable term. Furthermore, it remains unclear whether the human nature of knowledge would even allow such a resource to be warehoused. On the basis of advantages and limitations of existing notions of knowledge warehousing, this paper aims to provide tools required to unify existing disparate views of knowledge warehousing by focusing on aims of approaches rather than terminology.

Keywords: knowledge warehousing; knowledge sharing; data warehousing; document management; information management; decision support systems; DSS; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2008.018991

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2008 Vol.3 No.6, pp.572 - 586

Published online: 27 Jun 2008 *

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