Advertisement

Abstract

Mobile devices are increasingly being used for electronic data collection in low resource setting, where Internet-based solutions are infeasible. The data collection effort often requires the underlying processes, represented as data flows and workflows to be adhered. Workflow Management Systems (WFMS) could enable Mobile Data Collection (MDC) with workflow support as it is in Process Aware Information Systems. However, the use of WFMS for MDC designed for low resource settings needs to address challenges of mobile computing such as disconnections, slow connection links, limited computing power, etc. We present a framework that has been developed to integrate generic Data Collection tools with Workflow Management Systems (WFMS) to enable MDC in such resource-constrained environments. Furthermore we implement a tool based on this framework and provide an example of a vaccination registry project that uses mobile phones to record and track child immunisations.

Keywords

mobile data collection process aware information systems workflow management systems mobile health 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Alonso, G., Gunthor, R., Kamath, M., Agrawal, D., Abbadi, A., Mohan, C.: Exotica/FMDC: a workflow management system for mobile and disconnected clients. In: Databases and Mobile Computing, pp. 27–45 (1996)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Anokwa, Y., Hartung, C., Lerer, A., DeRenzi, B., Borriello, G.: A new generation of open source data collection tools. In: 2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), p. 493. IEEE, Los Alamitos (2010)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Badrinath, B.R., Bakre, A., Imielinski, T., Marantz, R.: Handling mobile clients: A case for indirect interaction. In: Proceedings of Fourth Workshop on Workstation Operating Systems, pp. 91–97. IEEE, Los Alamitos (2002)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Bahrami, A., Wang, C., Yuan, J., Hunt, A.: The Workflow Based Architecture for Mobile Information Access in Occasionally Connected Computing. In: IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, SCC 2006, pp. 406–413. IEEE, Los Alamitos (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Constantine, L.L., Lockwood, L.A.D.: Software for use: a practical guide to the models and methods of usage-centered design. ACM Press/Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., New York (1999)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Curioso, W.H., Mechael, P.N.: Enhancing’M-Health’With South-To-South Collaborations. Health Affairs 29(2), 264 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Hackmann, G., Haitjema, M., Gill, C., Roman, G.C.: Sliver: A bpel workflow process execution engine for mobile devices. In: Service-Oriented Computing–ICSOC 2006, pp. 503–508 (2006)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Hollingsworth, D., et al.: Workflow management coalition: The workflow reference model. Workflow Management Coalition (1993)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Istepanian, R.S.H., Pattichis, C.S.: M-health: Emerging mobile health systems. Springer-Verlag New York Inc., New York (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Keenan, A.: Remote Mobile Data Collection. PhD thesis, University of the Western Cape (2010)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Klungsøyr, J., Grevendonk, J.: Using mobile phones to track immunizations zations (October 2010), http://www.uib.no/cih/en/nyheter/2010/10/using-mobile-phones-to-track-immuni
  12. 12.
    Klungsøyr, J., Wakholi, P., Macleod, B., Escudero-Pascual, A., Lesh, N.: OpenROSA, JavaROSA, GloballyMobile–Collaborations around Open Standards for Mobile Applications. In: M4D 2008, General Tracks (2008)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Moon, K.K.: Techniques for Designing Case Report Forms in Clinical Trials. ScianNews Volume, DOI (2006)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Muller-Wilken, S., Lamersdorf, W.: Jbsa: An infrastructure for seamless mobile systems integration. In: Trends in Distributed Systems: Towards a Universal Service Market, pp. 164–175 (2000)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Muller-Wilken, S., Wienberg, F., Lamersdorf, W.: On integrating mobile devices into a workflow management scenario. In: Proceedings of 11th International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications, pp. 186–190. IEEE, Los Alamitos (2002)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Muth, P., Wodtke, D., Weissenfels, J., Dittrich, A.K., Weikum, G.: From centralized workflow specification to distributed workflow execution. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems 10(2), 159–184 (1998)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Openrosa. Openrosa consortium (February 2011), http://openrosa.org/
  18. 18.
    Russell, N., Ter Hofstede, A.H.M., Edmond, D., van der Aalst, W.M.P.: Workflow resource patterns. Citeseer (2005)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Salimifard, K., Wright, M.: Petri net-based modelling of workflow systems: An overview. European Journal of Operational Research 134(3), 664–676 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Tan, H., van der Aalst, W.: Implementation of a YAWL work-list handler based on the resource patterns. In: 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD 2006, pp. 1–6. IEEE, Los Alamitos (2006)Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    ter Hofstede, A.H.M., van der Aalst, W.M.P., Adams, M.: Modern Business Process Automation: YAWL and its support environment. Springer-Verlag New York Inc., New York (2009)Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    van der Aalst, W.M.P.: Business process management demystified: A tutorial on models, systems and standards for workflow management. Lectures on Concurrency and Petri Nets, pp. 21–58 (2004)Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    van der Aalst, W.M.P., Aldred, L., Dumas, M., ter Hofstede, A.H.M.: Design and implementation of the YAWL system. In: Advanced Information Systems Engineering, pp. 281–305. Springer, Heidelberg (2004)Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Van Der Aalst, W.M.P., Ter Hofstede, A.H.M.: YAWL: yet another workflow language. Information Systems 30(4), 245–275 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. 25.
    van Der Aalst, W.M.P., Ter Hofstede, A.H.M., Kiepuszewski, B., Barros, A.P.: Workflow patterns. Distributed and parallel databases 14(1), 5–51 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Wakholi
    • 1
  • Weiqin Chen
    • 1
  • Jørn Klungsøyr
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway

Personalised recommendations