To be able to apply process mining techniques it is essential to extract event logs from data sources (e.g., databases, transaction logs, audit trails, etc.). XES is the standard format for process mining supported by the majority of process mining tools. XES was adopted in 2010 by the IEEE Task Force on Process Mining as the standard format for logging events and is now an official IEEE standard. Most process mining tools can load XES files, but also CSV files where the user still needs to add semantics to the columns.
Event data are everywhere. However, for people not having access to such data consider visiting one of the following websites:
- 4TU.Datacentrum collects event logs partitioned in two categories: real-life event logs and synthetic event logs. The repository contains many benchmark data sets, including event data from hospitals, government agencies, and banks.
- There is a set of event logs used in the process mining book. This set is used to illustrate the various process mining techniques. See Processmining.org.
- Pointers on the IEEE CIS Task Force on Process Mining webpage.