A Middleware Architecture for Secure Service Discovery using Ontologies with Multiagent Approach

A Middleware Architecture for Secure Service Discovery using Ontologies with Multiagent Approach

Arup Sarkar (University of Kalyani, India), Ujjal Marjit (University of Kalyani, India) and Utpal Biswas (University of Kalyani, India)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/jissc.2012010105


Web is a place for information sharing as well as service providing. With the addition of Service Oriented Architecture ensures better reusability, maintainability and flexibility among the heterogeneous data sources. Possibility of a better interoperability within such a heterogeneous data sources is less without further assistance. For better service discovery, these issues must be cleared first. Besides this, security measures also play a key role. By developing a Multiagent based middleware system can resolve all these issues. Further it will add up better communication among the different modules of the system as well as the self learning capability. This paper’s approach is aimed to the development of Multiagent system based middleware architecture for better service discovery, selection and invocation through a secure way without replacing the existing services based on Web Service and Semantic Web Service technologies. The architecture will use ontologies heavily to introduce the rich semantics to the services to provide better meaning understandable by machines.
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Automatic service discovery, selection, invocation all are the key requirements in an environment where resources are heterogeneous in nature, for example e-Governance. A number of successful efforts have been made to discover the services. Also a large number of initiatives and steps i.e., research works have been initiated by industries, academicians, and researchers for service discovery. Stojanovic et al. (2004) tried to show how semantic technology can be used to manage the services in the e-Governance domain by extending their previous works using Ontology specification to describe the e-Government Services, taking the e-Governance domain as an example.

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