DocFlow (analysis, monitoring, and optimization of Web documents and services)  is a research project supported by the ANR Masses de données (ANR-06-MDCA-05, 2007-2009). It builds on Active XML, a formalism for data exchange across peers developed by the Gemo team at INRIA Futurs (see

The project aims at achieving a convergence of data and workflow management over the Web through the concept of active peer-to-peer documents:

  1. Bullet Ensuring the convergence of data and workflow management with a focus on Web information management.

  2. Bullet Defining an infrastructure of active peer-to-peer documents that enables state-controled distributed activities.

  3. Bullet Providing Web compliant alternatives to existing distributed database technology, making use of non locking mechanisms.

  4. Bullet Developing a framework for Web service orchestration and choreography, based on the central notion of active peer-to-peer document.

  5. Bullet Developing models and techniques to handle performance, monitoring, and other Quality of Service aspects, for our infrastructure of active documents.

  6. Bullet Developing novel techniques to strengthen some recognizedly weak aspects of Web services technology regarding security.

Detailed description of the project.