Handbook of Service Description

USDL and Its Methods

  • Alistair Barros
  • Daniel Oberle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Orestis Terzidis, Daniel Oberle, Andreas Friesen, Christian Janiesch, Alistair Barros
    Pages 1-16
  3. State of the Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Daniel Beverungen, Martin Matzner, Oliver Müller, Jörg Becker
      Pages 19-44
    3. Ivan S. Razo-Zapata, Pieter De Leenheer, Jaap Gordijn, Hans Akkermans
      Pages 45-74
    4. Roberta Ferrario, Nicola Guarino, Romano Trampus, Ken Laskey, Alan Hartman, G. R. Gangadharan
      Pages 75-109
    5. Thomas Kohlborn, Marcello La Rosa
      Pages 111-133
    6. Stijn Heymans, Jörg Hoffmann, Annapaola Marconi, Joshua Phillips, Ingo Weber
      Pages 135-158
    7. Carlos Pedrinaci, Maria Maleshkova, Maciej Zaremba, Maryam Panahiazar
      Pages 159-183
  4. USDL – Meta-Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-186
    2. Alistair Barros, Daniel Oberle, Uwe Kylau, Steffen Heinzl
      Pages 187-225
    3. Tom Kiemes, Francesco Novelli, Daniel Oberle
      Pages 227-242
    4. Christian Baumann, Maria Niedziella
      Pages 243-267
    5. Uwe Kylau, Michael Stollberg, Ingo Weber, Alistair Barros
      Pages 269-293
    6. Florian Marienfeld, Edzard Höfig, Michele Bezzi, Matthias Flugge, Jonas Pattberg, Gabriel Serme et al.
      Pages 295-326
    7. Steffen Heinzl, Uwe Kylau, Norman May
      Pages 327-354
  5. USDL – Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-356
    2. Keith Duddy, Matthias Heinrich, Steffen Heinzl, Martin Knechtel, Carlos Pedrinaci, Benjamin Schmeling et al.
      Pages 357-383
    3. Markus Heller, Benjamin Schmeling, Steffen Heinzl, Torsten Leidig, Keith Duddy, Thorsten Sandfuchs et al.
      Pages 385-414
    4. Christian Janiesch, Michael Niemann
      Pages 415-444
    5. Gunther Stuhec, Daniel Oberle, Christian Baumann, Christian Janiesch, Michael Dietrich, Jens Lemcke et al.
      Pages 445-461
  6. USDL – Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-464
    2. Martin Schäffler, Anke Thede, Bastian Leferink, Kay Kadner, Andrea Horch, Maximilien Kintz et al.
      Pages 465-486
    3. Josef Spillner, Ronny Kursawe, Alexander Schill
      Pages 487-501
    4. Dominik Q. Birkmeier, Sven Overhage, Sebastian Schlauderer, Klaus Turowski
      Pages 521-538

About this book


With the growth in number and sophistication of services widely available, there is a new urgency for comprehensive service descriptions that take into account both technical and business aspects. The last years have seen a number of efforts for best-of-breed service description focusing on specific aspects of services. The Handbook of Service Description provides the most advanced state of the art insights into these.

The main parts of the book provide the most detailed documentation of the  Unified Service Description Language (USDL) to date. USDL has been developed across several research institutes and publicly funded projects across Europe and Australia, currently extending to the Americas as part of a standardization push through W3C. The scope of services extends across IT and business, i.e., the socio-technical sense of services scaled to business networks. In this respect, purely human, purely automated and mixed human/automated services were considered, that have a boundary of cognizance that is available through the tasks of service provisioning, discovery, access and delivery.

Taken together, the Handbook of Service Description provides a comprehensive reference suitable for a wide-reaching audience including researchers, practitioners, managers, and students who aspire to learn about or to create a deeper scientific foundation for service description and its methodological aspects.


Service Service Description Approaches Service Science Unified Service Description Language (USDL)

Editors and affiliations

  • Alistair Barros
    • 1
  • Daniel Oberle
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Science and TechnologyQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbane QldAustralia
  2. 2.SAP Research Center KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1863-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1864-1
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