|Workflow specification is a complex construct highly integrated (correlated)
with specifications of other types. Designing a workflow we should consider
semantics of workflow objects and objects related to them in an integrated
Reusable components are treated semantically interoperable in context
of a specific application. For components and for specification of requirements
canonical object model semantics and ontological semantics are considered
jointly to provide complete specifications.
In frame of complete specifications, a notion of the most common reduct
for a pair of type specifications is introduced as the basis for detection
of reusable fragments. This notion is based on a refinement technique.
An approach for component-based design with reuse is outlined.
The multiactivity (workflow) canonical specification framework is defined.
The notion of workflow refinement is based on systematic analysis of functional
and concurrent workflow specification properties merging conventional well
grounded specification refinement technique with determining of process
A simple example showing a uniform representation of heterogeneous workflow
specifications in the canonical model is introduced. The example is used
to show how common workflow reducts can be identified and composed in process
of the information system development.