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Subject: CfP: Workshop on Advanced Enterprise Repositories    (03)

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Call for Papers    (05)

The 1st International Workshop on Advanced Enterprise Repositories (AER 
6-7 May, 2009 - Milan, Italy    (06)

In conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Enterprise 
Information Systems (ICEIS 2009)
http://www.iceis.org/    (07)

Co-chairs:    (08)

Aurona Gerber
Knowledge Systems Group, Meraka Institute
South Africa    (09)

Knut Hinkelmann
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern
Switzerland    (010)

Paula Kotzé
Human Factors and Enterprise Engineering Group, Meraka Institute
South Africa    (011)

Ulrich Reimer
Institute for Information and Process Management
University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen
Switzerland    (012)

Alta Van der Merwe
School of Computing, University of South Africa
South Africa    (013)

Background and Goals
An organisation's long-term success heavily depends on the proper 
of its business processes. Business process management continuously 
and improves processes e.g. in terms of cost, quality and duration time. To
better support and improve business process management, process 
are needed that make comprehensive information on processes available 
and offer
elaborate query answering capabilities. Since business processes are 
with all the other aspects of an enterprise the process descriptions 
need to be
integrated with the different views and perspectives of an enterprise 
including the business motivation, the IT and data perspectives, the 
units and the business rules: The process repository thus becomes an 
repository.    (014)

Currently, the information in a process repository -- if one exists at 
all -- is
mostly of an informal nature and mainly provides text descriptions and 
depicting process models. As a consequence, the query answering 
capabilities of
such a repository are quite limited and it can therefore be very 
cumbersome to
find the needed information. Moreover, as only basic information on 
processes is modelled, more advanced and business-crucial questions 
cannot be
answered, for example questions about process variability, about reference
processes and how actual processes refer to them, or about the design 
for process implementations.    (015)

A prominent means to develop more advanced process, resp. enterprise 
are more expressive representation languages making process information 
explicit and machine understandable. Semantic Web technology aiming at 
oriented ways of querying the Web is an approach that could be applied 
to enterprise
repositories as well. Enriching process descriptions with metadata that 
is rooted
in an underlying ontology would be a first step. Querying can be even 
improved by extending the ontology with background knowledge and using 
mechanisms to deduce answers to a query which could otherwise not be found.    (016)

The workshop has the aim to exchange and discuss approaches to advanced 
repositories and their extensions into more comprehensive enterprise 
to give enterprises new and more advanced possibilities of making use of 
process knowledge.    (017)

Topics of Interest
We are inviting papers that fall within the scope of the workshop as 
described above.
We are especially interested in papers that address one or more of the 
following topics:    (018)

* Architectures and design principles for process repositories.
* Advanced representation languages for covering all kinds of 
information stored in a process repository, such as    (019)

- models for knowledge intensive processes,
- reference models and their instantiations into specific processes,
- design rationales for implementing processes,
- modelling business rules and their relation to business processes,
- dependencies between and constraints on processes,
- information needed and produced within processes,
- background knowledge needed for carrying out knowledge-intensive tasks,
- descriptions of desired and actual process performance (e.g. cost, 
duration time),
- integrated models linking business processes with other perspectives 
(e.g. data,
application systems, services, organisation structure, strategy, 
business motivation).    (020)

* Process ontologies for process repositories, allowing analysis, 
comparison and retrieval
of process related information.
* Automatic analysis of business process descriptions and their transfer 
into a structure
conforming to a given process ontology.
* Query languages for process repositories, including query evaluation 
and reasoning.
* Approaches to representing and querying the mapping between a business 
view of a process
and its actual implementation on top of IT systems.
* Business cases and application scenarios for advanced process 
repositories.    (021)

Important Dates
Regular Paper Submission: February 6, 2009
Authors Notification: March 6, 2009
Final Paper Submission and Registration: March 17, 2009    (022)

Workshop Program Committee
Antonia Albani, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Joseph Barjis, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Jörg Becker, University of Münster, Germany
Reinhardt Botha, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Jason Cohen, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Rainer Endl, University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Naoki Fukuta, Shizuoka University, Japan
Peter Funk, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Fabien Gandon, INRIA, France
Martin Hepp, Universität der Bundeswehr, Germany
Manfred Jeusfeld, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Frank Leymann, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Machdel Matthee, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Rainer Telesko, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, 
Barbara Thönssen, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern 
Switzerland, Switzerland
Darelle van Greunen, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Holger Wache, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, 
Rosina Weber, Drexel University, USA
Mathias Weske, University of Potsdam, Germany
Takahira Yamaguchi, Keio University, Japan    (023)

Paper Submission
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for oral presentation 
in any of the topics listed above. Only full papers in English will be 
accepted, and the length of the paper should not exceed 10 pages.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) 
are available at the conference Paper Templates web page. Please also 
check the web page with the Submission Guidelines.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission 
system at: http://www.insticc.org/Primoris    (024)

All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings book, 
under an ISBN reference, and in CD-ROM support.    (025)

Registration Information
At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the workshop. 
If the registration fees are not received by March 17, 2009 the paper 
will not be published in the workshop proceedings book.    (026)

Secretariat Contacts
ICEIS Workshops - AER 2009
e-mail: workshops@xxxxxxxxx    (027)

Prof. Dr. habil. Ulrich Reimer
University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen
Institute for Information and Process Management
Head of Research and Technology Transfer
Teufener Strasse 2
CH-9000 St. Gallen
Switzerland    (028)

Email: ulrich.reimer@xxxxxxx
Tel.: +41 71 228 7659
Fax: +41 71 228 6339
Web: www.fhsg.ch/ipm
     www.inf.uni-konstanz.de/~reimer    (029)

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