Semantic Web Services for Activity-Based Computing

  • E. Michael Maximilien
  • Alex Cozzi
  • Thomas P. Moran
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3826)


Semantic Web services promise the addition of semantics annotations to Web services in a manner that enables automatic discovery, usage, and integration of services as part of every day processes. IBM’s unified activity management (UAM) implements activity-centric computing concepts by representing human work in terms of activities that relate to each other using semantic information from the various contexts in which the activities are used. In this paper we explore how, using common domain-specific ontologies, we can make use of the semantic annotations added to Web services and our UAM environment, to produce dynamic and richer Web applications widgets and services.


Semantic Annotation Reading Item Operator Ontology Matchmaking Agent Individual Human Actor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Michael Maximilien
    • 1
  • Alex Cozzi
    • 1
  • Thomas P. Moran
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM Almaden Research CenterSan JoseUSA

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