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System and Framework for Facilitating Faceted Interaction with Data from Different Data Sources

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Publication Date: 2010-Sep-21

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Abstract

As more and more data gets produced in enterprises and on the internet, there is a dire need to enable non-technical people to be able to interact with data sources in a self-service manner. This work proposes a system and framework for facilitating non-technical business users to work with data from different data sources, navigate this data, choose portions of relevant data from large data corpus, and use it in situational applications, data mashups, business mashups (situational processes), etc. in a self-service manner. The approach taken in this work is to provide a faceted interface to data sources so that users without knowledge of schema, metadata, or any query language will be able to use simple and intuitive tools to navigate and select data from a variety of data sources.

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System and Framework for Facilitating Faceted Interaction with Data from Different Data Sources

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Keywords: faceted navigation, faceted search, data transformation, data visualization

Paper Organization: In section 2,

                     e outline the problem we are trying to solve in this work. Section 3 provides motivational scenarios that illustrate why it is important to solve this problem. Section 4 lists some existing approaches and technologies that address some of the issues, and outlines the gap this work attempts to fill. Section 5 provides an overview of the proposed approach, and points to related work. Section 6 details the solution proposed.

2. Problem Description:

In a typical enterprise, the ratio of non-technical business users to IT users is high. The IT department is tasked with developing and maintaining IT applications that are used primarily by business users. Typically, enterprise level robust applications form the core part of what the IT department takes care of most of the time. Then, there is a class of applications that goes by the names of situational applications, tactical applications, etc.

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3. Motivational Scenarios:

Some motivational scenarios to illustrate why solving the above problem is important are presented here. Please note that though there is a focus on business user here, there is nothing

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                                        , but also applications. Such activity will invariably require business users to connect to data sources in the enterprise/internet, pick some data from a source and use it in the situational applications, or business mashups or application connectivity scenarios. In such situations, the following problem arises:

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that prevents the technology proposed here being used by technical IT users to make their tasks simpler. The f...