Collaborative Specification of Semantically Annotated Business Processes

  • Marco Rospocher
  • Chiara Di Francescomarino
  • Chiara Ghidini
  • Luciano Serafini
  • Paolo Tonella
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 43)


Semantic annotations are a way to provide a precise meaning to business process elements, which supports reasoning on properties and constraints. The specification and annotation of business processes is a complex activity involving different analysts possibly working on the same business process.

In this paper we present a framework which aims at supporting business analysts in the collaborative specification and annotation of business processes. A shared workspace, theoretically grounded in a formal representation, allows to collaboratively manipulate processes, ontologies as well as constraints, while a dedicated tool enables to hide the complexity of the underlying formal representation to the users.


Business Process Process Element Domain Ontology Semantic Annotation Business Process Modeling Notation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Rospocher
    • 1
  • Chiara Di Francescomarino
    • 1
  • Chiara Ghidini
    • 1
  • Luciano Serafini
    • 1
  • Paolo Tonella
    • 1
  1. 1.FBK–irstTrentoItaly

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