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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-8927

Ferndriger, S; Bernstein, A; Dong, J S; Feng, Y; Li, Y F; Hunter, J (2008). Enhancing semantic web services with inheritance. In: 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2008), Karlsruhe, Germany, 26 October 2008 - 30 October 2008, 162-177.

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Currently proposed Semantic Web Services technologies allow the creation of ontology-based semantic annotations of Web services so that software agents are able to discover, invoke, compose and monitor these services with a high degree of automation. The OWL Services (OWL-S) ontology is an upper ontology in OWL language, providing essential vocabularies to semantically describe Web services. Currently OWL-S services can only be developed independently; if one service is unavailable then finding a suitable alternative would require an expensive and difficult global search/match. It is desirable to have a new OWL-S construct that can systematically support substitution tracing as well as incremental development and reuse of services. Introducing inheritance relationship (IR) into OWL-S is a natural solution. However, OWL-S, as well as most of the other currently discussed formalisms for SemanticWeb Services such as WSMO or SAWSDL, has yet to define a concrete and self-contained mechanism of establishing inheritance relationships among services, which we believe is very important for the automated annotation and discovery of Web services as well as human organization of services into a taxonomy-like structure. In this paper, we extend OWL-S with the ability to define and maintain inheritance relationships between services. Through the definition of an additional “inheritance profile”, inheritance relationships can be stated and reasoned about. Two types of IRs are allowed to grant service developers the choice to respect the “contract” between services or not. The proposed inheritance framework has also been implemented and the prototype will be briefly evaluated as well.


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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Event End Date:30 October 2008
Deposited On:23 Dec 2008 16:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:45
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Additional Information:In this book, the proceedings of the 7th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2008 (October 26-30, 2008), Karlsruhe, Germany, are published. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
Publisher DOI:10.1007/978-3-540-88564-1_11
Official URL:http://www.springerlink.com/content/m86485067760/?p=bc2b4c2a6a5d4230ad771fe0622bbe6b&pi=0
Related URLs:http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/pax/web/index.php/publication/show/id/815

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