Semantics for Service-Oriented Architectures

  • Michael StollbergEmail author
  • Dieter Fensel
Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)


The concept of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) is the latest design paradigm for IT systems. The aim is to use Web services as the basic building blocks, which provide reusable functionalities that are invokable over the Internet. The initial Web service technology stack around WSDL, SOAP, and UDDI enables the technical provision and usage of Web services. However, the support for the detection of the suitable Web services for a specific client application is limited to manual inspection. To better support this for SOA applications with the larger numbers of available Web services that can be expected in real-world scenarios, the emerging concept of Semantic Web services (SWS) develops inference-based techniques for the automated discovery, composition, and execution of Web services. This chapter provides an overview on the SWS approach as well as the latest technology developments.


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The presented work has been supported by the European Commission under the projects SUPER (FP6-026850) and by the Austrian BMVIT/FFG under the FIT-IT project myOntology (Grant no. 812515/9284).


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  1. 1.SAP Research CEC DresdenSAP AGDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Semantic Technology Institute (STI)University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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