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Semantic Web Services

Fensel, D., Facca, F., Simperl, E. and Toma, I. (2011) Semantic Web Services, London, GB, Springer, 357pp.

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A paradigm shift is taking place in computer science: one generation ago, we learned to abstract from hardware to software, now we are abstracting from software to serviceware implemented through service-oriented computing. Yet ensuring interoperability in open, heterogeneous, and dynamically changing environments, such as the Internet, remains a major challenge for actual machine-to-machine integration. Usually significant problems in aligning data, processes, and protocols appear as soon as a specific piece of functionality is used within a different application context. The Semantic Web Services (SWS) approach is about describing services with metadata on the basis of domain ontologies as a means to enable their automatic location, execution, combination, and use. Fensel and his coauthors provide a comprehensive overview of SWS in line with actual industrial practice. They introduce the main sociotechnological components that ground the SWS vision (like Web Science, Service Science, and service-oriented architectures) and several approaches that realize it, e.g. the Web Service Modeling Framework, OWL-S, and RESTful services. The real-world relevance is emphasized through a series of case studies from large-scale R&D projects and a business-oriented proposition from the SWS technology provider Seekda. Each chapter of the book is structured according to a predefined template, covering both theoretical and practical aspects, and including walk-through examples and hands-on exercises.

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Published date: 28 April 2011
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 351578
ISBN: 978-3-642-19193-0
PURE UUID: c2f76a89-016f-4a57-93a4-ef32b88bec14
ORCID for E. Simperl: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2013 11:05
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:25

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Author: D. Fensel
Author: F. Facca
Author: E. Simperl ORCID iD
Author: I. Toma

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