Wang, H.W., Gibbins, N., Payne, T.R. and Redavid, D.
A formal model of the Semantic Web Service Ontology (WSMO).
Information Systems, 37, (1), . (doi:10.1016/j.is.2011.07.003).
Semantic Web Service, one of the most significant research areas within the Semantic Web vision, has attracted increasing attention from both the research community and industry. The Web Service Modelling Ontology (WSMO) has been proposed as an enabling framework for the total/partial automation of the tasks (e.g., discovery, selection, composition, mediation, execution, monitoring and etc.) involved in both intra- and inter-enterprise integration of Web Services. To support the standardisation and tool support of WSMO, a formal model of the language is highly desirable. As several vari- ants of WSMO have been proposed by the WSMO community, which are still under development, the syntax and semantics of WSMO should be formally defined to facilitate easy reuse and future development. In this paper, we present a formal Object-Z formal model of WSMO, where different aspects of the language have been precisely defined within one unified framework. This model not only provides a formal unambiguous model which can be used to develop tools and facilitate future development, but as demonstrated in this paper, can be used to identify and eliminate errors present in existing documentation.
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