Enabling the analysis of cross-cutting aspects in ad-hoc processes

Seyed Mehdi Reza Beheshti, Boualem Benatallah, Hamid Reza Motahari-Nezhad

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Processes in case management applications are flexible, knowledge-intensive and people-driven, and often used as guides for workers in processing of artifacts. An important fact is the evolution of process artifacts over time as they are touched by different people in the context of a knowledge-intensive process. This highlights the need for tracking process artifacts in order to find out their history (artifact versioning) and also provenance (where they come from, and who touched and did what on them). We present a framework, simple abstractions and a language for analyzing cross-cutting aspects (in particular versioning and provenance) over process artifacts. We introduce two concepts of timed-folders to represent evolution of artifacts over time, and activity-paths to represent the process which led to artifacts. The introduced approaches have been implemented on top of FPSPARQL, Folder-Path enabled extension of SPARQL, and experimentally validated on real-world datasets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems Engineering
Subtitle of host publication25th International Conference, CAiSE 2013, Proceedings
EditorsCamille Salinesi, Moira C. Norrie, Óscar Pastor
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event25th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2013 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 17 Jun 201321 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7908 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference25th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2013


  • Ad-hoc Business Processes
  • Case Management
  • Provenance


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