On the Applicability of Workflow Management Systems for the Preservation of Business Processes

R. Mayer,S. Pröll, A. Rauber:
"On the Applicability of Workflow Management Systems for the Preservation of Business Processes";
Vortrag: 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (IPRES 2012), Toronto; 01.10.2012 - 05.10.2012; in:"Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (IPRES 2012)", (2012), ISBN: 978-0-9917997-0-1; S. 58 - 65.

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Abstract:


Digital preservation research has increasingly been shifting
focus from the preservation of data and static objects to in-
vestigate the preservation of complete processes and work-
flows. Capturing all aspects of a process to be preserved,
however, is an extensive and difficult undertaking, as it re-
quires capturing complete software setups with potentially
complex setups. Further, the process might use external
services that are not easy to capture and monitor. In this
paper, we therefore investigate the applicability and usabil-
ity of using Workflow Management Systems for executing
processes in a standard environment where the state of the
process can be closely monitored. To this end, we compare
three popular workflow management systems. We use a sce-
nario from eScience, implementing a data analysis process,
to evaluate the challenges and implications for establishing
sustainable and verifyable eScience processes.