Semantics Based Conformance Assessment of ebXML Business Processes

Yi Luo, Zhiyong Peng, Zhe Shan, Qing Li

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In the business world, the acceptance of a contract often lies beyond the agreement on price and quality of products. The conformance of respective business processes plays a significant role in the collaboration of business partners. Today, e-commerce standards such as ebXML have enabled enterprises to collaborate in the business process level. However, there is little work on the study of conformance assessment (also called matchmaking in some works) of business processes. Moreover, these e-commerce standards are syntactic rather than semantic, in which semantic constraints on interactions are represented informally. In this paper, we extend the ebXML specifications to support the semantics based conformance assessment of business processes, which transforms XML into RDF via the Semantic Web technology. The conformance criteria are mapped to OWL. The semantics based conformance criteria are defined. Furthermore, we extend the ebXML architecture by adding a conformance assessment agent to support the conformance assessment of business processes when searching the potential business partners. With its help, appropriate business partners can be discovered for the client as desired.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-595
Number of pages6
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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