A Survey of Web Service Discovery Systems

A Survey of Web Service Discovery Systems

Duy Ngan Le, Angela Eck Soong Goh
DOI: 10.4018/jitwe.2007040103
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Web services form the core of e-business and hence, have experienced a rapid development in the past few years. This has led to a demand for a discovery mechanism for Web services. Discovery is the most important task in the Web service model because Web services are use-less if they cannot be discovered. A large number of Web service discovery systems have been developed. Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) is a typical mechanism that stores indexes to Web services but it does not support semantics. Semantic Web service discovery systems that have been developed include systems that support matching Web services using the same ontology, systems that support matching Web services using different ontologies, and systems that support limitations of UDDI. This chapter presents a survey of Web service discovery systems, focusing on systems that support semantics. The article also elaborates on open issues relating to such discovery systems.

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