On Merging Business Process Management and Geographic Information Systems : Modeling and Execution of Ecological Concerns in Processes

Zhu, Xinwei, Zhu, Guobin, vanden Broucke, Seppe, & Recker, Jan (2015) On Merging Business Process Management and Geographic Information Systems : Modeling and Execution of Ecological Concerns in Processes. In Bian, Fuling & Xie, Yichun (Eds.) Geo-Informatics in Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystem: International Conference, GRMSE 2014, Ypsilanti, USA, October 3-5, 2014, Proceedings. Springer, Ypsilanti, Michigan, pp. 486-496.

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Business Process Management describes a holistic management approach for the systematic design, modeling, execution, validation, monitoring and improvement of organizational business processes. Traditionally, most attention within this community has been given to control-flow aspects, i.e., the ordering and sequencing of business activities, oftentimes in isolation with regards to the context in which these activities occur. In this paper, we propose an approach that allows executable process models to be integrated with Geographic Information Systems. This approach enables process models to take geospatial and other geographic aspects into account in an explicit manner both during the modeling phase and the execution phase. We contribute a structured modeling methodology, based on the well-known Business Process Model and Notation standard, which is formalized by means of a mapping to executable Colored Petri nets. We illustrate the feasibility of our approach by means of a sustainability-focused case example of a process with important ecological concerns.

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ID Code: 81889
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: geographic information systems, business process management, business process model and notation, sustainable processes, data-aware processes, process modeling, process execution, coloured petri nets
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-45737-5_48
ISBN: 9783662457375
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Conceptual Modelling (080603)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Systems (150302)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-45737-5_48
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Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 07:32

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