Modeling Interaction Protocols as Modular 1st Class Objects

Esteban León Soto

In: Klaus Fischer; Jörg P. Müller; James Odell; Arne Jorgen Berre (Hrsg.). Agent-Based Technologies and Applications for Enterprise Interoperability. Chapter 10, Pages 174-198, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), Vol. 25, ISBN 3-642-01667-7, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 5/2009.


Interoperability involves solutions at different levels, from concrete data representation to coordination of actions. These solutions are even more difficult to handle when the systems being integrated expect to remain autonomous. This is frequently the case in business processes between different organizations. In order to work together several technical and organizational issues have to be solved. One of the most important aspects is coordination and efficient communication. Interaction protocols have been introduced as conversation contracts between participants in order to solve this. Interaction protocols are very difficult to develop and maintain. The present work provides a consolidating model that enables modularity for interaction protocols design and reuse of solutions by composing them to fit the different scenarios.


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