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A Proposal for a Semantic Web Service Description Format

Joachim Peer & Maja Vukovic

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Automatic evaluation and consumption of Web services requires a comprehensive semantic information model of a Web service. One example of a language that facilitates capability-driven description of services is OWL-S. However, it imposes two limitations: (1) it offers no native support for the description of certain rule types often needed for service description and (2) it leads to very large service description documents that are difficult to read and write. In this paper, we propose an XML-based markup format that addresses these problems and allows for semantic annotation of Web services of different technical flavors. This work is inspired by OWL-S, however it makes certain design decisions aimed to increase the ease of use of semantic Web service descriptions, by presenting a significantly more compact syntax for service markup and grounding. Furthermore, the proposed description format provides support for non-deterministic service operations.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Web services, Semantic Web service, Web service description, OWL-S
   
name of conference European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS'04) (Erfurt, Germany)
date of conference 27-9-2004
title of proceedings Web Services
page(s) 285-300
publisher Springer (Berlin)
ISSN 0302-9743
ISBN 3-540-23202-8
review external review
   
citation Peer, J., & Vukovic, M. (2004). A Proposal for a Semantic Web Service Description Format. In Web Services, pp.285-300. Berlin: Springer. - ISBN 3-540-23202-8.