A formal model of the Semantic Web Service Ontology (WSMO)

Hai Wang, Nick Gibbins, Terry Payne, Domenico Redavid

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Semantic Web Service, one of the most significant research areas within the Semantic Web vision, has attracted increasing attention from both the research community and industry. The Web Service Modelling Ontology (WSMO) has been proposed as an enabling framework for the total/partial automation of the tasks (e.g., discovery, selection, composition, mediation, execution, monitoring, etc.) involved in both intra- and inter-enterprise integration of Web services. To support the standardisation and tool support of WSMO, a formal model of the language is highly desirable. As several variants of WSMO have been proposed by the WSMO community, which are still under development, the syntax and semantics of WSMO should be formally defined to facilitate easy reuse and future development. In this paper, we present a formal Object-Z formal model of WSMO, where different aspects of the language have been precisely defined within one unified framework. This model not only provides a formal unambiguous model which can be used to develop tools and facilitate future development, but as demonstrated in this paper, can be used to identify and eliminate errors present in existing documentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-60
Number of pages28
JournalInformation Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Information systems. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Wang, H, Gibbins, N, Payne, T & Redavid, D, 'A formal model of the Semantic Web Service Ontology (WSMO)' Information systems, vol 37, no. 1 (2012) DOi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2011.07.003


  • Semantic Web Service, Sematnic, Formal Methods


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