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Distributed Workflow upon Linkable Coordination Artifacts

Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Nicola Zaghini
Coordination infrastructures can be used for the general-purpose support of WfMSs (workflow management systems). Suitably-expressive coordination artifacts can be specialised as workflow engines, encapsulating workflow rules expressed in terms of coordination laws.

In this paper, we focus on the issue of inter-organisational workflow (IOW), and show how the issue of multiple, interdependent, distributed workflows requires coordination artifacts to be linkable, so as to create a network of inter-connected coordination flows. After discussing a model of workflow engine based on ReSpecT tuple centres, we introduce a distributed workflow architecture based on TuCSoN, exploiting a logic-based workflow language. In particular, we focus on the definition of a scoping mechanism, and show how this enable workflows to be dynamically governed and distributed upon a coordination infrastructure based on artifact linkability. An example of a VE (virtual enterprise) workflow is finally discussed.
Coordination Models and Languages, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4038, pages 228-246, June 2006.
Paolo Ciancarini, Herbert Wiklicky (eds.), Springer Berlin Heidelberg
8th International Conference on Coordination Models and Languages (COORDINATION 2006), Bologna, Italy, 14-16 June 2006. Proceedings
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	Author = {Omicini, Andrea and Ricci, Alessandro and Zaghini, Nicola},
	Booktitle = {Coordination Models and Languages},
	Doi = {10.1007/11767954_15},
	Editor = {Ciancarini, Paolo and Wiklicky, Herbert},
	Isbn = {978-3-540-34694-4},
	Isbn-Online = {978-3-540-34695-1},
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	Issn = {0302-9743},
	Month = jun,
	Note = {8th International Conference (COORDINATION 2006), Bologna, Italy, 14--16~} # jun # {~2006. Proceedings},
	Pages = {228--246},
	Publisher = {Springer},
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	Series = {LNCS},
	Title = {Distributed Workflow upon Linkable Coordination Artifacts},
	Url = {http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/11767954_15},
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	Volume = 4038,
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