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An Ontological Meta-model for Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)
Anna Lisa Guido, Pandurino Andrea, Roberto Paiano
Pages - 40 - 52     |    Revised - 31-07-2016     |    Published - 31-08-2016
Volume - 7   Issue - 3    |    Publication Date - August 2016  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
BPMN, Ontology, Meta-model, Business Process, Knowledge Base.
ABSTRACT
Business processes are key aspect in the modern companies. Several tools to manage business process allow people to design, deploy and monitor business processes. The problem is that business processes are not part of the company knowledge but they are available only in the business process tool (if there are any) and/or in the mind of designer. In order to introduce the business process design in the overall company’s knowledge it is important to represent it in a formal way.

We select BPMN as notation to represent business process and we select ontology as a tool to represent in a machine readable format the business process and to make possible its definition in the company knowledge base.

In this paper we analyze the methodological steps that brings to the ontological meta-model of BPMN 2.0. We will present a detail of classes and properties that made up the ontological meta-model using OWL language. The characteristics of the obtained meta-model are completeness and extensibility. The use of ontological meta-model to represent the BPMN allow to add a semantic layer to the business process design (semantic annotation).
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Mr. Anna Lisa Guido
University of Salento - Italy
annalisa.guido@unisalento.it
Mr. Pandurino Andrea
University of Salento - Department of Engineering for Innvoation - Italy
Mr. Roberto Paiano
Department of Engineering for Innovation - University of Salento - Italy