SEEK: Accomplishing enterprise information integration across heterogeneous sources Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper describes ongoing research on the Scalable Extraction of Enterprise Knowledge (SEEK) project. The SEEK toolkit is a collection of modular components. The components enable rapid instantiation of connections to firms' legacy information sources, (semi)- automatically integrating knowledge in the firm with knowledge needed as input to decision support tools. SEEK is not a general-purpose toolkit. Rather, it allows extraction of knowledge required by specific types of decision support applications. Thus SEEK enables scalable implementation of computerized decision and negotiation support across a network of firms. Current development is directed towards support for construction supply chain applications. SEEK represents a departure from research and development in shared data standards. Instead, SEEK embraces heterogeneity in firms' information systems, providing the ability to extract and compose knowledge resident in sources that vary in the way data is represented and how it can be queried and accessed. This paper outlines the business needs for such capabilities, the SEEK information architecture, and reviews the underlying technologies (principally, Data Reverse Engineering) supporting SEEK.

published proceedings

  • Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction

author list (cited authors)

  • O'Brien, W. J., Issa, R., Hammer, J., Schmalz, M. S., Geunes, J., & Bai, S. X.

complete list of authors

  • O'Brien, WJ||Issa, RRA||Hammer, J||Schmalz, MS||Geunes, J||Bai, SX

publication date

  • August 2002