UncertWeb processing service: making models easer to access on the web

Richard Jones, Dan Cornford, Lucy Bastin

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Models are central tools for modern scientists and decision makers, and there are many existing frameworks to support their creation, execution and composition. Many frameworks are based on proprietary interfaces, and do not lend themselves to the integration of models from diverse disciplines. Web based systems, or systems based on web services, such as Taverna and Kepler, allow composition of models based on standard web service technologies. At the same time the Open Geospatial Consortium has been developing their own service stack, which includes the Web Processing Service, designed to facilitate the executing of geospatial processing - including complex environmental models. The current Open Geospatial Consortium service stack employs Extensible Markup Language as a default data exchange standard, and widely-used encodings such as JavaScript Object Notation can often only be used when incorporated with Extensible Markup Language. Similarly, no successful engagement of the Web Processing Service standard with the well-supported technologies of Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language has been seen. In this paper we propose a pure Simple Object Access Protocol/Web Services Description Language processing service which addresses some of the issues with the Web Processing Service specication and brings us closer to achieving a degree of interoperability between geospatial models, and thus realising the vision of a useful 'model web'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-939
Number of pages19
JournalTransactions in GIS
Issue number6
Early online date8 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Bibliographical note

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Jones, R. , Cornford, D. , & Bastin, L. (2012). UncertWeb processing service: making models easer to access on the web. Transactions in GIS, 16(6), 921-939, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9671.2012.01328.x/abstract


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