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Web services are emerging as a promising technology for the effective automation of inter-organizational interactions. Several standards that aim at providing infrastructure to support Web services description , discovery, and composition have recently emerged including WSDL, UDDI, and BPEL4WS. Indeed, advances in this area promise to take(More)
A top-down approach for workflow design is proposed in the framework of Petri net theory. Simple but powerful refinement rules are proposed that guarantee soundness of the resulting workflow nets. The refinement process supports the definition of regions, which are parts of the workflow that correspond to logistically related items. Exception handlers can(More)
Since e-catalogs are dynamic, autonomous, and heterogeneous, the integration of a potentially large number of dynamic e-catalogs is a delicate and time-consuming task. In this paper, we describe the design and the implementation of a system through which existing on-line product catalogs can be integrated, and the resulting integrated catalogs can be(More)
In this paper, we propose Self-Adapting Recovery Net (SARN), an extended Petri net model, for specifying exceptional behavior in business processes. SARN adapts the structure of the underlying Petri net at run time to handle exceptions while keeping the Petri net design easy. The proposed framework caters for the specification of high-level recovery(More)
Much work is being conducted in the area of business process modeling using workflow technology. HiWorD is a hierarchical workflow modeling prototype with simulation capability. It models business processes using Petri nets in a hierarchical manner and implements recovery transitions as a technique to recover from exceptions. The workflow hierarchy is(More)
Internet users are becoming increasingly concerned about their personal information being collected and used by Web service providers. They want to ensure that it is stored and used according to the providers' privacy policies. Since these policies are mainly developed and maintained separately from the business process that collects and manipulates data,(More)
Although research into the integration of e-catalogs has gained considerable momentum over the years, the needs for building adaptive catalogs have been largely ignored. Catalogs are designed by system designers who have a priori expectations for how catalogs will be explored by users. It is necessary to consider how users are using catalogs since they may(More)
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