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Ninth International Network Conference (INC 2012)

Ninth International Network Conference (INC 2012)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 11-12, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-84102-315-1

Title: iSemServ: Facilitating the Implementation of Intelligent Semantic Services
Author(s): Jabu Mtsweni, Elmarie Biermann, Laurette Pretorius
Reference: pp175-184
Keywords: iSemServ, Eclipse, Semantic Web Services, Ontologies, Intelligent Agents, Model-driven
Abstract: The process of developing semantic services is viewed by service developers as being complex, and tedious. The main barriers that have been identified include a steep learning curve for emerging semantic models and ontological languages, the lack of integrated tool support for developing semantic services, and lack of interoperability between emerging semantic technologies and matured Web service technologies. In addition, current efforts that are meant to ease the implementation of semantic services are fragmented; that is, developers are required to use a combination of disconnected tools to realize semantic services. Moreover, existing semantic technologies are tightly coupled to specific semantic models and service architectural styles; leading to restrictive development environments. In this paper, an iSemServ framework is proposed, and implemented as an Eclipse plug-in with the core objective to facilitate, unify, and accelerate the process of developing intelligent semantic services using semantic models and service architectural styles of choice. Experimental evaluations demonstrate that a solution, such as iSemServ has the potential to minimize some of the barriers associated with building intelligent semantic services.
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