A semantic workflow mechanism to realise experimental goals and constraints

Edoardo Pignotti, Peter Edwards, Gary Polhill, Nick Gotts, Alun Preece
2008 2008 Third Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science  
Workflow technologies provide scientific researchers with a flexible problem-solving environment, by facilitating the creation and execution of experiments from a pool of available services. In this paper we argue that in order to better characterise such experiments we need to go beyond low-level service composition and execution details by capturing higher-level descriptions of the scientific process. Current workflow technologies do not incorporate any representation of such experimental
more » ... traints and goals, which we refer to as the scientist's intent. We have developed a framework based upon use of a number of Semantic Web technologies, including the OWL ontology language and the Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL), to capture scientist's intent. Through the use of a social simulation case study we illustrate the benefits of using this framework in terms of workflow monitoring, workflow provenance and enrichment of experimental results.
doi:10.1109/works.2008.4723962 fatcat:qxcj36q5y5h5zgpbczt6ihjdgi