Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Workflow Constructs

  • Nathaniel PalmerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_820


Process semantics


The elements of a Workflow Model defining how the process is executed.

Key Points

Workflow Constructs represent the elements of a Workflow Model, such as Control Data, Splits, Joins, Activities and Actors, which combined define the parameters of how a process instances is executed. The “Semantics” of the process refer to how it is executed in the context of workflow rules, such the steps, sequencing and dependencies; whereas the “Syntax” of the process refers to its definition within the context of a specific language. Workflow Constructs is directly related to semantics, however, does not define specific syntax.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Workflow Management CoalitionHinghamUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Pernici
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  1. 1.Dept. di Elettronica e InformazionePolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly