Developing User Interfaces for Community-Oriented Workflow Information Systems

Developing User Interfaces for Community-Oriented Workflow Information Systems

Josefina Guerrero García (Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain School of Management (LSM), Belgium), Jean Vanderdonckt (Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain School of Management (LSM), Belgium) and Juan Manuel González Calleros (Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-960-1.ch021

Abstract

Technology to support groups is rapidly growing in use. In recent years, the Web has become a privileged platform for implementing community-oriented workflows, giving rise to a new generation of workflow information systems. Specifically, the Web provides ubiquitous access to information, supports explicit distribution of business process across workers, workplaces, and computing platforms. These processes could be all supported by platform-independent user interfaces. This chapter presents a model-driven engineering method that provides designers with methodological guidance on how to systematically derive user interfaces of workflow information systems from a series of models. For this purpose, the workflow is recursively decomposed into processes which are in turn decomposed into tasks. Each task gives rise to a task model whose structure, ordering, and connection with the domain model allows the automated generation of corresponding user interfaces in a transformational approach. The various models involved in the method can be edited in a workflow editor based on Petri nets and simulated interactively.

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