Mining Blockchain Processes: Extracting Process Mining Data from Blockchain Applications

Christopher Klinkmüller, Alexander Ponomarev, An Binh Tran, Ingo Weber, Wil van der Aalst

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Abstract

Blockchain technology has been gaining popularity as a platform for developing decentralized applications and executing cross-organisational processes. However, extracting data that allows analysing the process view from blockchains is surprisingly hard. Therefore, blockchain data are rarely used for process mining. In this paper, we propose a framework for alleviating that pain. The framework comprises three main parts: a manifest specifying how data is logged, an extractor for retrieving data (structured according to the XES standard), and a generator that produces logging code to support smart contract developers. Among others, we propose a convenient way to encode logging data in a compact form, to achieve relatively low cost and high throughput for on-chain logging. The proposal is evaluated with logs created from generated logging code, as well as with existing blockchain applications that do not make use of the proposed code generator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management
Subtitle of host publicationBlockchain and Central and Eastern Europe Forum - BPM 2019 Blockchain and CEE Forum, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsClaudio Di Ciccio, Renata Gabryelczyk, Luciano García-Bañuelos, Tomislav Hernaus, Rick Hull, Mojca Indihar Štemberger, Andrea Ko, Mark Staples
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages71-86
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030304287
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventBlockchain Forum and the Central and Eastern Europe Forum (CEE Forum) held at the 17th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2019 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 1 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume361
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356

Conference

ConferenceBlockchain Forum and the Central and Eastern Europe Forum (CEE Forum) held at the 17th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2019
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVienna
Period1/09/196/09/19

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Logging
  • Process mining
  • Smart contracts
  • XES

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