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This paper describes our development of a distributed, functionally equivalent agent-based workflow enactment mechanism from a BPEL4 WS? specification. This work demonstrates that BPEL4 WS? can be viewed as a description of the social order of a collection of agents, where the agents serve as proactive proxies for the underlying passive Web services. Although the Semantic Web initiative is working toward semantically rich descriptions of Web services, which can be reasoned about by agents, the current state-of-the-art does not yet allow for collections of agents representing semantic Web services to organize themselves to enact workflows. Therefore, this work is critically important as it serves as a bridge from existing, static views of workflow enactment to future, agent-based, dynamic workflow engines.

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Title Enacting BPEL4 WS? Specified Workflows with Multiagent Systems
Authors P.A. Buhler, J.M. Vidal
Type Conference
Conference/Journal Title 2nd Workshop on Web Services and Agent-Based Engineering (WSABE)
Month July
Year 2004
Pages 10
Keywords BPEL4 WS?, Multiagent Systems, Use Case Maps, Web Services, Workflow
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