to standard definition “Process is a series of actions
or operations leading toward a particular result”.
use processes both to produce and consume or apply knowledge.
The process definition itself is part of the knowledge. Process
model describes the act of producing certain results, while
consuming data, information and knowledge.
the recent years Business Process Management (BPM) has become
the formal approach for managing and improving processes.
While BPM focuses mostly on Business aspect of process management,
many of its principles are agnostic to the type of process
and as such applicable to Knowledge Capture and Modeling (KCM).
this context the process definition (or process model) augments
knowledge and facilitates knowledge retention, exchange and
improvement as an orthogonal dimention to data and information
aspect of knowledge modeling.
example shows the treatment process for AML patients, as defined
by a clinical trial protocol. It describes how the drug usage,
dosage and timing is applied according to patient condition
another example, the following process model encapsulates
the Procedural knowledge of developing a new product and introducing
it to the marketplace. (click
here for the complete paper on this topic a.k.a NPDI)
Above process diagrams are defined based on BPMN or “Business
Process Modeling Notation”. BPMN is the standardized
graphical notation by OMG (Object Management Group) for process
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