Timely report production from WWW data sources

Marko Niinimaki, Tapio Niemi, Stephen Martin, Jyrki Nummenmaa, Peter Thanisch

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    In business intelligence, reporting is perceived by users as the most important area. Here, we present a case study of data integration for reporting within the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO produces Communicable Disease Epidemiological Profiles for emergency affected countries. Given the nature of emergencies, the production of these reports should be timely. In order to automate the production of the reports, we have introduced a method of integrating data from multiple sources by using the RDF (Resource Description Framework) format. The model of the data is described using an RDF ontology, making validation of the data from multiple sources possible. However, since RDF is highly technical, we have designed a graphical tool for the end user. The tool can be used to configure the data sources of a given report. After this, data for the report is generated from the sources. Finally, templates are used to generate the reports.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorkshops on Business Informatics Research, BIR 2011 International Workshops and Doctoral Consortium, Revised Selected Papers
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages12
    Volume106 LNBIP
    ISBN (Print)9783642292309
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event10th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research, BIR 2011 - Riga, Latvia
    Duration: 6 Oct 20118 Oct 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
    Volume106 LNBIP
    ISSN (Print)18651348


    Conference10th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research, BIR 2011


    • Data integration
    • OLAP
    • ontology
    • RDF
    • XML

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Information Systems and Management
    • Information Systems
    • Modelling and Simulation
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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