Adapting the communication of Web services to the language of their user community

Kurt Englmeier, Josiane Mothe, Fionn Murtagh, Maximilian Stempfhuber

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This paper presents the WS-Talk interface layer, a concept for a structured natural language interface which virtualizes the composition of Web services at the end-user's side. As the number of available Web services grows, the representation of the context in which they are used becomes more and more an issue for both service providers and service consumers. While providers concentrate more on the technical levels of activation and communication within a service network, the users, i.e. the service consumers, want to form ad-hoc collaborations between Web services. To shield users of Web services from the technical details of finding and combining them, a semantic level has to be found that suits their specific needs and expertise. Through a semantic layer, WS-Talk tries to create a level of abstraction that enables views on services expressed in natural language. To reduce the complexity of natural language, domain-specific languages are defined and their semantics are mapped onto Web services and their attributes. The domain of economics is currently used for testing architecture and usage aspects of the WS-Talk interface layer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS'04)
Subtitle of host publicationConvergence of Web Services, Grid Computing, e-Business and Autonomic Computing
EditorsBob Werner
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0769521673, 9780769521671
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Web Services - San Diego, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 20049 Jul 2004


ConferenceProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Web Services
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


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