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An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Logic and Databases

BPQL - A Query Language for Business Processes

Authors: Catriel Beeri (Hebrew University), Anat Eyal (Tel Aviv univerity), Simon Kamankovich (Tel Aviv univerity), Tova Milo (Tel Aviv univerity)

Abstract

This talk presents BPQL, a novel graphical query language for querying Business Processes, implemented as a set of cooperating web services. BPQL is based on an intuitive model of business processes, an abstraction of the emerging BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) standard. It allows users to query business processes visually, in a manner analogous to how such processes are typically specified, and can be employed in a distributed setting, where process components may be provided by distinct providers(peers).

The talk describes the query language as well as its underlying formal model. Special emphasis is given to the following subjects: (a) The analogy between the specification and querying of business processes, and (b) the use of graph grammars to represent potentially infinite query results by a finite and concise representation. The current implementation, using Active XML and Web services is briefly described.