A few years ago, I argued that Web-based information resources should be incorporated into the data warehouse.1 In fast-paced business environments, data from external sources, rather than internal systems, should be more relevant to managing your business. The challenge is to refine that information by discovering, acquiring, structuring and disseminating in a systematic manner. This activity was labeled Web farming.

Although surfing the Web has become a popular (and occasionally useful) pastime, the systematic usage of Web-based resources for the data warehouse has not materialized. It is not that such resources are irrelevant to the business. The problem has been that the data delivery from Web-based resources is not reliable or stable.

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