Abstract - System Scheme & Vision
The reduced scheme of the INFRAWEBS is illustrated in Fig. 1. The INFRAWEBS framework consists of two main components: a knowledge brokering component and a client & provider component, for coupling the service processing issues and the knowledge management actions as one integrated approach.
Fig. 1: The reduced scheme of the INFRAWEBS consisting of a broker (OM / SIR) and client & provider part (SWU)
As a bases unit it enables the generation of open development platforms for SW services. It interacts in two directions: to platform partner side and to the customer side.
The knowledge broker is realised as an organisational memory (OM) with decision support and recommender facilities. This broker is designated to endow the specific entity (business enterprise, SME, IND) with comprehensive facilities to maintain and process the entity specific knowledge (knowledge artefacts) with respect to the SW service design. Via this broker the user accesses the entity specific knowledge and extracts decision supported (recommender system) the SW service relevant knowledge artefacts (see layer 1 in Fig.2). These artefacts are transferred to the SWU, where the user has the capabilities (Designer, Composer, Executor) to build the knowledge artefacts to running SW services.
The client & provider component (SWU) is designed as a semantic and ontology based module handling and maintaining semantic web services - a Semantic Web Service Unit (SWU) as a workflow and knowledge sharing component - as a modern type of SW service based collaboration platform and interoperable middleware. It acts in two directions: it provides web services to the platform and collaboration partner (layer 2) and secondly to the customer of the entity (layer 3). The main B2C / B2B process is conducted via this channel.
Fig. 4-2: Implemented in different entities (software and/or service providers), the installation of the INFRAWEBS units enables the establishing of reconfigurable self-organizing development platforms for the design, deployment and maintenance of WEB service applications. In this sense the development platform is characterised as a net of connected and coupled INFRAWEBS units.
As illustrated in Fig.4-2, the networking and platform partners provide SW services, which are incorporated in their own services product range (composition). On the one hand, it is an expansion of the own services, on the other hand, the creation of new products and services is facilitated to develop value added products and services. This reflects an innovative and modern type of semantic based platform oriented networking (semantic based interoperable middleware). The platform partners are endowed with facilities to optimise their partnership relations; furthermore, they are enabled to build faster and more effective partnerships with "new" business partners.