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Semantic Web Services

Concepts, Technologies, and Applications

  • Rudi Studer
  • Stephan Grimm
  • Andreas Abecker


  • Complete and self-contained coverage of Semantic Web Services

  • Balance between theoretical foundations and practice-oriented topics

  • Fair and comprehensive survey, not committed to a specific standard or approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-11
  2. Web Services Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Stefan Fischer, Christian Werner
      Pages 15-24
    3. Christian Werner, Stefan Fischer
      Pages 25-48
  3. Semantic Web Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Grimm ∈st Stephan, Hitzler ∈st Pascal, Abecker ∈st Andreas
      Pages 51-105
    3. Nagyp’al G’abor
      Pages 107-134
    4. Siegfried Handschuh
      Pages 135-155
  4. Semantic Web Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Chris Preist
      Pages 159-178
    3. Holger Lausen, Rubén Lara, Axel Polleres, Jos de Bruijn, Dumitru Roman
      Pages 179-209
    4. Stephan Grimm
      Pages 211-244
    5. Laurent Henocque, Mathias Kleiner
      Pages 245-286
    6. Oscar Corcho, Silvestre Losada, Richard Benjamins
      Pages 287-308
  5. Tools and Use Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Anupriya Ankolekar, Massimo Paolucci, Naveen Srinivasan, Katia ∈st Sycara
      Pages 311-337
    3. Christian Drumm, Liliana Cabral
      Pages 365-379
    4. Emanuele Della Valle, Dario Cerizza, Irene Celino, Asuman Dogac, Gokce B. Laleci, Yildiray Kabak et al.
      Pages 385-402
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 403-406

About this book


In just a few years, service-oriented architectures (SOA) and Web services not only gained considerable interest in computer science research, they were also taken up with unanimity by all major international players in the IT industry. However, and in spite of all existing standards, in most SOA applications much human intervention is still required, for example to interpret the semantics of informal descriptions or to harmonize incompatible data schemata.

Semantic Web services combine Web services communication technology with the intelligent processing of ontology-based metadata to achieve highly integrated enterprise application integration scenarios, for service look-up, schema matching, or protocol negotiation, for example. Rudi Studer and his team deliver a self-contained compendium about this exciting field, starting with the basic standards and technologies and also including advanced applications in eGovernment and eHealth. The contributions provide both the theoretical background and the practical knowledge necessary to understand the essential ideas and to design new cutting-edge applications. They address computer science students as well as researchers in academia and industry who need a concise introduction and state-of-the-art survey of current research, and the book can easily be used as the basis of a specialized course on Web services or Semantic Web applications. In addition, IT professionals will be able to assess the potential and possible benefits of this new technology.


SOA Service-Oriented Architecture Standards Web architecture change management communication computer science knowledge knowledge representation ontology search engine marketing (SEM) semantic web semantics web services

Editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Studer
    • 1
  • Stephan Grimm
    • 2
  • Andreas Abecker
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. Angewandte Informatik und Formale BeschreibungsverfahrenUniversität Karlsruhe76128 KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI)Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 KarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI)Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 KarlsruheGermany

About the editors

Rudi Studer is Full Professor in Applied Informatics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His research interests include knowledge management, Semantic Web technologies and applications, ontology management, data and text mining, service-oriented architectures, peer-to-peer systems, and Semantic Grid.

Rudi Studer is also director in the research department Information Process Engineering at the FZI Research Center for Information Technologies at the University of Karlsruhe and one of the presidents of the FZI Research Center as well as co-founder of the spin-off company ontoprise GmbH that develops semantic applications.

He is engaged in various national and international cooperation projects being funded by e.g. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the European Commission, the German Ministry of Education and Research, and industry. He is president of the Semantic Web Science Association and Editor-in-chief of the journal Web Semantics: Science, Services, and Agents on the World Wide Web.

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