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What is Service Description

Handbook of Research on Architectural Trends in Service-Driven Computing
A service description captures the functional and non-functional characteristics of a service in a processable format.
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Cloud Service Brokerage: A Conceptual Ontology-Based Service Description Framework
Frank Fowley (Dublin City University, Ireland), Claus Pahl (Dublin City University, Ireland), and Li Zhang (Northeastern University at Shenyang, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6178-3.ch024
Cloud service brokerage has been identified as a key concern for future Cloud technology research and development. Integration, customization, and aggregation are core functions of a Cloud service broker. The need to cater to horizontal and vertical integration in service description languages, horizontally between different providers and vertically across the different Cloud layers, has been well recognized. In this chapter, the authors propose a conceptual framework for a Cloud service broker in two parts: first, a reference architecture for Cloud service brokers; and second, a rich ontology-based template manipulation framework and operator calculus that describes the mediated and integrated Cloud services, facilitates manipulating their descriptions, and allows both horizontal and vertical dimensions to be covered. Structural aspects of that template are identified, formalized in an ontology, and aligned with the Cloud development and deployment process.
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Context-Aware Service Discovery in Ubiquitous Computing
Is responsible for describing a service and the type of context information in a comprehensive, unambiguous manner that is machine interpretable to facilitate automation and human readable to facilitate rapid formulation by users (Sen, 2005).
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Service Description Ontologies
A definition of what a service provides and how it is accessed and used. A service description includes descriptions of the functional and nonfunctional properties of the service, service interfaces, and the legal and technical constraints or rules for its usage.
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Cloud Services Publication and Discovery
A representation of the service operations, features, and non-functional properties.
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