[This local archive copy mirrored from the canonical site: http://www.mel.nist.gov/projs/msid/xml.htm; links may not have complete integrity, so use the canonical document at this URL if possible.]
Projects from: OMP
XML for Workflow Management
Leader: Lubell, Joshua
New Hire - Student
Total FTE .45
1998 MEL Goals Supported
1. Laboratory research and development.
3. Information-based National and International Standards and Measurements
Explore the use of XML (eXtensible Markup Language), a standard for structured document interchange on the Web, for exchanging complex data objects between tasks in a distributed workflow application.
The increasing prevalence of virtual enterprises is driving a need to coordinate the efforts of individuals and teams using different computer platforms residing on different local area networks. Such coordination often requires the exchange of complex data objects among distributed applications. The Web has become a popular computing environment for virtual enterprises because it allows users on heterogeneous platforms to use the same applications and access the same data. The emerging XML standard provides a convenient and cost-effective way to define structured data objects to be shared among distributed tasks and applications on the Web. This project investigates the feasibility of XML as a means of reducing the cost to US industry of using distributed object technology for managing workflow.
The WebWork workflow application development tool kit, created by the University of Georgia with funding from NIST's Advanced Technology Program, supports the building of distributed, web-based workflow applications. NIST has demonstrated the benefits of XML for representing highly structured documents such as product data standard specifications and has shown that WebWork can be integrated with an XML repository. Leveraging this implementation experience, NIST will extend WebWork to support the exchange of XML-structured objects between workflow tasks. NIST will demonstrate the efficacy of this approach by building a small application to manage a subset of the workflow in ISO TC184/SC4 (International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 184, Subcommittee 4), an international standards body developing specifications for the representation and exchange of industrial data for which NIST serves as Secretariat.
FY 1998 Plans
Five Year Plan Goals