Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 10, Number 09, July 2020

A Framework for Capturing and Analyzing Unstructured and Semi-Structured
Data for a Knowledge Management System


Gerald Onwujekwe1, Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson1 and Nnatubemugo Ngwum2, 1Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, 2Towson University, USA


Mainstream knowledge management researchers generally agree that knowledge extracted from unstructured data and semi-structured data has become imperative for organizational strategic decision making. In this research, we develop a framework that captures and analyses unstructured data using machine learning techniques and integrates knowledge and insight gained from the data into traditional knowledge management systems. Unlike most frameworks published in the literature that focuses on a specific type of unstructured data, our frameworks cut across the varieties of unstructured data ranging from textual data from social network sites, online forums, discussion boards, reviews to audio data, image data and video data. We highlight some preprocessing and processing techniques for these data and also highlight some standard output. We evaluate the framework by developing a textual data application programming interface (API) using python and beautiful soup and we perform sentiment analysis on the students’ review data collected through the API.


Unstructured data, knowledge management system, framework, sentiment analysis.