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Method and System for Governing Lifecycle of Objects through Workflows Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198689D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-12
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A method and system for governing objects through workflows is disclosed.

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Method and System for Governing Lifecycle of Objects through Workflows

Disclosed is a method and system for governing objects through workflows. The

method and system involves implementing a governing interface for unknown objects.

The governing interface provides well defined attributes to unknown objects by defining

functions to get and set well-defined attributes for each object. Further, the objects use

an extensible data store that allows reuse of the attributes across multiple object types.

Such a data store may be a Web Ontology Language (OWL) data store or a Resource

Description Framework (RDF) data store.

The data store also enables management of the object as a generic object with

assumed type fields. When an object is accessed from the data store through a

workflow, the object is returned as a generic object with a generic type field which is

well defined by an implementing application. Thereafter, based on the generic type

field, a workflow retrieves all other details about type of the object, such as the type may

be policy, role, and classification objects.

In an example of the above method, attributes defined in an RDF data store by OWL

ontology fragments for the objects may be as follows:
stateOfGovernable (String): defines current state of the object being governed. The

states possible may depend on configuration of a workflow.

typeOfGovernable (String): defines type of the object being governed. This is a value

defined by an application exploiting the object.
workflowOfGovernable (Workflow): defines a reference to a workflow governing the


An OWL definition of these attributes may be as follows:

<rdfs:range rdf:resource=""/>


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<rdf:type rdf:resource=""/>

<rdfs:range rdf:resource=""/>

<rdf:type rdf:resource=""/>

<rdf:type rdf:resource=""/>


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In the above example, in case an implementing application has an object with the given

attributes and the object implemen...