Information Retrieval Emerging from Semantic Web Services

Kurt Englmeier, Josiane Mothe, Fionn Murtagh

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This paper presents the Web Service (WS)-Talk interface Layer, a structured natural language interface for Information Retrieval (IR) Web Services that extends service virtualization to strengthen consumer self-service. In a growing proliferation of Web Service networks the representation of context becomes more and more an issue for both service providers and service consumers. While information providers will concentrate more on the technical levels of activation and communication within a service network, the users, i.e. the information consumers, will form ad-hoc collaborations between the offered services at the semantic level that suit their own specific needs. The aim is an IR service network that can be implemented by both the service designers and the service consumers. Through a semantic layer, WS-Talk creates an abstraction layer that enables views on services expressed in natural language. Whilst the objective of bringing together the service providers with relevant task-competent end-users in the architectural design of Web Service applications is, on the one hand, to build interconnected and interoperable applications, on the other hand, the WS-Talk Layer enables service consumers and providers to design and implement ad-hoc new services for information retrieval purposes or fine-tune existing ones.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third IASTED International Conference on Communications, Internet, and Information Technology
EditorsM.H. Hamza
PublisherACTA Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0889864470
ISBN (Print)0889864454 , 9780889864474
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Association of Science and Technology for Development International Conference: Communications, Internet and Information Technology - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Duration: 22 Nov 200424 Nov 2004
Conference number: 3


ConferenceInternational Association of Science and Technology for Development International Conference
Abbreviated titleIASTED / CIIT 2004
Country/TerritoryVirgin Islands, U.S.
CitySt. Thomas
Internet address


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