Association for Computing Machinery
The approaches to data warehouse design are based on the assumption that source data are known in advance and available. While this assumption is true in common project situations, in some peculiar contexts it is not. This is the case of the French national project for analysis of energetic agricultural farms that is the case study of this paper. Here, the above-mentioned methods can hardly be applied because source data can only be identified and collected once user requirements indicate a need. Besides, the users involved in this project found it very hard to express their analysis needs in abstract terms, i.e., without visualizing sample results of queries, which in turn would require availability of source data.