Towards semantically enhanced Web service repositories

Sabou, Marta and Pan, Jeff (2007). Towards semantically enhanced Web service repositories. Journal of Web Semantics: Science Services and Agents on the World Wide Web, 5(2) pp. 142–150.



The success of the Web services technology has brought topics as software reuse and discovery once again on the agenda of software engineers. While there are several efforts towards automating Web service discovery and composition, many developers still search for services via online Web service repositories and then combine them manually. However, from our analysis of these online repositories, it yields that, unlike traditional software libraries, they rely on little metadata to support service discovery. We believe that the major cause is the difficulty of automatically deriving metadata that would describe rapidly changing Web service collections. In this paper, we discuss the major shortcomings of state of the art Web service repositories and as a solution, we report on ongoing work and ideas on how to use techniques developed in the context of the Semantic Web (ontology learning, matching, metadata based presentation) to improve the current situation. (C) 2007 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.

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