Advanced Tools for Process Specification Language

Period of Performance: 01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003

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Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
1408 University Drive East Array
College Station, TX 77840
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This project will (i) extend and harden the PSL Editor and the Ontology-Driven XSLT Generator (ODXG) tools and (ii) extend the process description syntax (PDS) derived from the PSL for both KIF and XML/RDF formats. In addition, we will extend the PSL metatheoretical framework to support the PDS and the PSL tools by providing PSL extensions to support calendars and activity specialization, and by developing the PDS-to-PSL compilation. The PSL Editor and the ODXG provide numerous application scenarios that will further the role of PSL as the ultimate interlingua among various process-centric languages and formats, including automation of software development for process-centric translators. One of today's greatest challenges to successful Inter-enterprise Process Engineering implementations is the lack of technology for enabling processes to be exchanged, analyzed, modified and executed as if processes were considered as core business transaction data. This necessitates (a) technology and standards for process information, and (b) software tools that can interchange, extract, merge, and transform process data. Our proposed solution will solve these problems by extending the process description syntaxes and developing the PSL tools that are maintainable, scalable and extensible, as a means for increasing the adoption of PSL in industry.