Modern organisations are often virtual entities. People working in
organisations are located in different places, each with different
capabilities and responsibilities. They need to work collaboratively to
accomplish tasks and together to achieve common organisational goals.
Tasks that are required to be accomplished are often not trivial but
require specialised expertise and sophisticated technologies that are
based on local knowledge and experiences. Therefore, it cannot be taken
for granted that the co-ordination among distributed sites are always
carried out smoothly and effectively. Workflow and Business Process
Modelling techniques are well-recognised for their values of promoting
and achieving effectiveness and efficiency of co-ordination of
distributed organisational operations. In this talk I will present
Edinburgh's effort in providing a semantic based workflow management to
help such collaborative effort within a virtual organisation.