Benefits and challenges of applying Semantic Web Services in the e-Government domain

Gugliotta, Alessio; Tanasescu, Vlad; Domingue, John; Davies, Rob; Gutiérrez-Villarías, Leticia; Rowlatt, Mary; Richardson, Marc and Stin?i?, Sandra (2006). Benefits and challenges of applying Semantic Web Services in the e-Government domain. In: Semantics 2006, 28-30 Nov 2006, Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

Joining up services in e-Government usually implies governmental agencies acting in concert without a central control regime. This requires the sharing of scattered and heterogeneous data. Semantic Web Service (SWS) technology can help to integrate, mediate and reason between these datasets. However, since few real-world applications have been developed, it is still unclear which are the actual benefits and issues of adopting such a technology in the e-Government domain. In this paper, we contribute to raising awareness of the potential benefits in the e-Government community by analyzing motivations, requirements, and expected results, before proposing a reusable SWS-based framework. We demonstrate the application of this framework by a compelling use case: a GIS-based emergency planning system. We illustrate the obtained benefits and the key challenges which remain to be addressed.

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