Engineering of Service Functionality
The ACE-GIS project (Adaptable and Composable E-commerce and Geographic Information Services) aims at developing of distributed WEB-Services with special emphasis to geographical information systems . First approaches are done toward building new as well as integrating and composing existing web services.
The ADAPT project (Middleware technologies for ADAPTive and composable distributed components) considers the field of "composable distributed components".. It focuses on the development of a middleware structure for defining, enacting, and monitoring inter-enterprise business processes.
Dynamically adaptable services are treated in the (accompanying measure, IP preparation) project MIDAS (Middleware for Composable and Dynamically Adaptable Services. Close to the proposed semantic and ontology based approach is the CAMELEON project (Context Aware Modelling for Enabling and leveraging Effective interactiON). It concerns the usage and development of context-sensitive interactive software systems.
The development of integrated service-oriented platforms is the goal of the POLOS project (Integrated Platform for Location Based Services), which investigates existing schemes for location-based services.
The NOMAD project (Platform for transparent discovery, orchestration and provision of services) should be mentioned in the context of service applications. The project"s mission is the specification, development and demonstration of platforms capable for discovery, orchestration & provision of composite services in telecommunications (GPRS,/UMTS, WLAN).
Methodologies and tools for constructing and using very large and distributed ontologies are the subject of the ON-TO-KNOWLEDGE project (Tools for content-driven knowledge management through evolving ontologies) In the frame of this project (completed in 2000) some tools and methods for intelligent access to semi-structured and textual data sources have been developed.
The ON-TO-KNOWLEDGE project, which is thematically related to the SWWS (Semantic Web Enabled Web Services) project, may be seen as the first application of the concept of ontologies to electronically available information.
Since two of the INFRAWEBS consortium partners have been actively involved in these two projects, their results will be taken as the main influence streams in the proposed project.