Design Abstractions for Innovative Web Applications: the case of the SOA augmented with Semantics

Presented at: 4th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2007)

by Stefano Ceri, Marco Brambilla, Emanuele Della Valle


This work presents a retrospective analysis of how we have addressed new challenges in Web technologies and applications. WebML, which was first defined about 10 years ago, has been an incubator for research concerning abstractions, methods, tools, and technologies, acting as a glue within a group of people spread among universities, technology transfer centres, and a spin-off. In this paper, we first illustrate the common approach to innovation, and then show such approach at work in two contexts. One of them, dealing with "Service-Oriented Architectures" (SOA), has reached a mature state; the other one, "Semantic Web Services" (SWS), is at its infancy, but promises to deliver very interesting results in the forthcoming years.

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