Talk:Wil van der Aalst

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Removed two part of the work section from the article[edit]

I removed the following two part of the work section from the article...

.According to Harzing's Publish or Perish (which is based on Google scholar and not only covers journal articles but also proceedings and books), the number of citations is more than 16.000 and his Hirsch Index is 57. This means that he belongs to the top scientists in Computer Science in the world and that he has the highest h-index of all Dutch computer scientists. According to a CWTS study, his publications in Web of Science during the time period 1997-2006 have been cited 6 times more often than the mean citation rate in his field of research. With a 67th position on the ranking list in Computer Science (Essential Science Indicators), he is the highest placed Dutch scientist in Computer Science.
In Computer Science scientific output is not only measured in terms of publications and citations, but also in terms of software and influence on standardization efforts. Van der Aalst is a strong supporter of open-source software. He initiated and led the development of ProM (a process mining tool), YAWL (a workflow management system), and several other software tools (Declare, Woflan, XRL, etc.). He also initiated the Workflow Patterns initiative. The Workflow Patterns website is visited by hundreds of researchers and practitioners each day and this work influenced industry standards such as BPMN, BPEL, etc. Van der Aalst did not only have an amazing impact on scientists, but his ideas have influenced various widely used commercial software tools (e.g. Flower, Protos, Futura Reflect, Staffware, WebSphere, ARIS, etc.).

... for the following reasons:

  • The first part is not a section normally put in a biographical article
  • And the start of the next either. There are only three sentences that come close:
    • Van der Aalst is a strong supporter of open-source software.
    • He initiated and led the development of ProM (a process mining tool), YAWL (a workflow management system), and several other software tools (Declare, Woflan, XRL, etc.).
    • He also initiated the Workflow Patterns initiative.

Maybe these three sentences can be put back. However I think it is better, that each of this statements is explained more, and developed into a complete paragraph.

So I don't oppose this article being expanded. I would like this very much. But the other sections are really inappropriate in a Wikipedia biographical article.

-- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 21:00, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Now eventually I restored most of the second paragraph in the article and integrated it with the "see also" section. -- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 20:53, 22 September 2009 (UTC)