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Semantic Web Services

Abstract

In recent years, service-orientation has increasingly been adopted as one of the main approaches for developing complex distributed systems from reusable components called services. Realizing the potential benefits of this software engineering approach requires semiautomated and automated techniques as well as tools for searching or locating services, selecting the suitable ones, composing them into complex processes, resolving heterogeneity issues through process and data mediation, and reducing other tedious yet recurrent tasks with minimal manual effort. Just as semantics has brought significant benefits to search, integration, and analysis of data, it is also seen as a key to achieving a greater level of automation to service-orientation. This has led to research and development, as well as standardization efforts on Semantic Web Services. Activities related to Semantic Web Services have involved developing conceptual models or ontologies, algorithms,