Deriving active rules for workflow enactment

F. Casati, S. Ceri, B. Pernici, G. Pozzi

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Workflows consist of computer-supported, data-intensive activities which involve multiple "steps" of processing; Workflow management is an emerging and challenging field, offering opportunities for exporting database technology beyond its classical boundaries. In particular, active rules supported by many database systems appear as an ideal paradigm for expressing the control and data flows between processing steps, and consequently they are being proposed as a suitable implementation mechanism for Workflow managers. On the other end, active rules appear a too low level description of Workflows to be presented to Workflow system users. In this paper, we propose automatic derivation techniques of active rules from conceptual Workflow specifications. In addition, the paper includes a full collection of case-independent rules at the basis of any Workflow enactment. The objective and challenge of this research is to give a precise operational semantics to Workflow enactment through active rules, thereby addressing an issue which is still lacking concrete and precise proposals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDatabase and Expert Systems Applications - 7th International Conference, DEXA 1996, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages22
Volume1134 LNCS
ISBN (Print)9783540616566
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications, DEXA 1996 - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 Sep 199613 Sep 1996

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1134 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications, DEXA 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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