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23-09-2021 | Regular Paper | Issue 10/2021

Knowledge and Information Systems 10/2021

Extensible ontology-based views for business process models

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Michael Adams, Andreas V. Hense, Arthur H. M. ter Hofstede
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Abstract

A business process model may be used as both a communication artefact for gathering and sharing knowledge of a business practice among stakeholders and as a specification for the automation of the process by a Business Process Management System (BPMS). For each of these uses, it is desirable to have an ability to visualise the process model from a range of different perspectives and at various levels of granularity. Such views are a common feature of enterprise architecture frameworks, but process modelling and management systems and tools generally have a limited number of available views to offer. This paper presents a taxonomy of process views that are presented in the literature and then proposes the definition and use of a common process model ontology, from which an extensible range of process views may be derived. The approach is illustrated through the realisation of a plug-in component for the YAWL BPMS, although it is by no means limited to that environment. The component illustrates that the process views frequently mentioned in the literature as desirable can be effectively implemented and extended using an ontology-based approach. It is envisaged that the accessibility of a repertoire of views that support business process development will lead to greater efficiencies through more accurate process definitions and improved change management support.

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