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Modeling workflow using XML and Petri net

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3 Author(s)
Dong, Yang ; Department of Industrial Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200030, P.R. China ; Quan, Wen ; Shensheng, Zhang

Nowadays an increasing number of workflow products and research prototypes begin to adopt XML for representing workflow models owing to its easy use and well understanding for people and machines. However, most of workflow products and research prototypes provide the few supports for the verification of XML-based workflow model, such as free-deadlock properties, which is essential to successful application of workflow technology. In this paper, we tackle this problem by mapping the XML-based workflow model into Petri-net, a kind of well-known formalism for modeling, analyzing and verifying system. As a result, the XML-based workflow model can be automatically verified with the help of general Petri-net tools, such as DANAMICS. The presented approach not only enables end users to represent workflow model with XML-based modeling language, but also the correctness of model can be ensured, thus satisfying the needs of business processes.

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Systems Engineering and Electronics, Journal of  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 3 )