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Mining e‐services in P2P‐based workflow enactments

Shuai Yuan (School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia)
Jun Shen (School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 11 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the feasible mining and proper selection of QoS‐aware services for a P2P‐based business process enactment framework, and enhance the relevant workflow prototype. Design/methodology/approach – Through observing and analysing unpredictable dynamic changes that commonly exist in e‐service workflow, a set of QoS specifications and monitoring mechanisms in a P2P workflow framework is proposed. These specifications are an evolving extension of services' description with semantic web facilitators for P2P‐based e‐services.

Findings

It has been demonstrated that the QoS‐OWL approach can be effectively used to describe and exploit e‐services, particularly in a decentralised environment. QoS‐OWL is also able to provide the deliberation of geographic information for e‐services, and facilitates the peers' effective cooperation and automates business processes. It is recommended that the approach be adopted in the dynamic online information system environment to increase efficiency and reduce costs in running e‐services.

Practical implications

The QoS attributes discussed in this paper are relatively typical for benchmarking purposes, so the extension of the QoS metrics specifications and related protocols need to be discussed in future work.

Originality/value

The authors propose an approach to dynamically selecting appropriate service‐oriented peers in a P2P network, where the composition of e‐services in a business process can be enhanced significantly. The approach is based on ontology and QoS perspectives, and the descriptions of services have rich semantic features in an attempt to make the service selection more intelligent and reliable. Therefore the proposal offers e‐service providers innovative initiatives to re‐engineer their business services.

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Citation

Yuan, S. and Shen, J. (2008), "Mining e‐services in P2P‐based workflow enactments", Online Information Review, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 163-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520810879809

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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