A survey of semantic web services formalisms

Hai H. Wang, Nick Gibbins, Terry Payne, Alina Patelli

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The field of Semantic Web Services (SWS) has been recognized as one of the most promising areas of emergent research within the Semantic Web (SW) initiative, exhibiting an extensive commercial potential, and attracting significant attention from both industry and the research community. Currently, there exist several different frameworks and languages for formally describing a Web Service: OWL-S (Web Ontology Language for Services), WSMO (Web Service Modeling Ontology) and SAWSDL (Semantic Annotations for the Web Services Description Language) are the most important approaches. To the inexperienced user, choosing the appropriate paradigm for a specific SWS application may prove to be challenging, given a lack of clear separation between the ideas promoted by the associated research communities. In this paper, we systematically compare OWL-S, WSMO and SAWSDL from various standpoints, namely that of the service requester and provider as well as the broker based view. The comparison is meant to help users to better understand the strengths and limitations of these different approaches to formalising SWS, and to choose the most suitable solution for a given use case.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings : 2013 ninth international conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids, SKG 2013
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ (US)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-3012-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9th international conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids - Beijing, China
Duration: 3 Oct 20134 Oct 2013


Conference9th international conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grids
Abbreviated titleSKG 2013


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