Info on XPDL 2.1

I received an email last week from Nathaniel Palmer of WfMC on the upcoming XPDL 2.1 specification:

We are now in the process of developing the specification for XPDL 2.1 with the final list of changes to be completed by the next WfMC meeting on October 11-12, 2007.

It is expected that XPDL 2.1 will incorporate changes coming out of XPDL 2.0 as well as those required for BPMN 1.1 compatibility.  In addition, however, we are soliciting further input, particularly from those with experience working with XPDL 2.0 or earlier.

Interested parties are asked to please respond directly to XPDL Working Group Chair Robert Shapiro with one or both of the following:

1) Proposed Changes for XPDL 2.1 Specification – please be as specific as possible providing details about what to change in the existing specification;

2) Volunteer to Help Re-Write the Spec and Update the Schema – please  
be willing commit two or more days over the next three months to assist in this endeavor.

Please contact Robert Shapiro directly via email at [email protected]

The time for the release of XPDL 2.1 is as follow:

  • October 12 – Finalize List of Proposed Changes
  • November 15 – Finalize Details for Identified Changes in BPMN 1.1
  • December 15 – Draft Specification for Internal Review
  • January 15 – Updated Specification For Public Review
  • February 20 – Vote on Adoption of Final XPDL 2.1 Specification

XPDL will continue to be an important standard for the serialization of business processes (i.e., the file format that you use to save it, once you’ve modelled it in BPMN) for some years to come, and it still remains to be seen what impact that the new BPDM format will have on the use of XPDL.

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