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COACH, MODA-TEL, COMBINE, MASTER, P2P ARCHITECT , ACE-GIS, ADAPT, MIDAS, POLOS, NOMAD, ON-TO-KNOWLEDGE, state-of-the-art, proprietary aspects, communication standards, normalisation of knowledge domains, understanding gaps, decision support techniques, inferencing capabilities, XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA ), Web Services Architecture Working Group, OASIS, application-to-application, B2B Integration Systems, DominoWorkflow, Web Services Reference Architecture (WSRA), BPEL4WS, SONIC ESB, ICT framework, development platforms, INFRAWEBS units, SOA, QoS-Broker, closed loop, WSM, CBR,
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Engineering of Service Functionality

State of the Art - Conclusion

B2B Integration - Workflow Systems - SOA - ESB

Project Objectives

State of the Art in European RTD - Software Architecture & Components -

With respect to the objectives of the current project, the following EU RTD projects have to be mentioned as the best representatives: COACH (Component Based Open Source Architecture for Distributed Telecom Applications, see also MODA-TEL) - an open source implementation based on the CORBA Component Model and realised as a framework intended for telecom applications.

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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 ...

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State of the Art - Conclusion

The state-of-the-art analysis has shown the lack of systems for effective collaboration in reconfigurable networks as well as adaptable platforms for the design, deployment and maintenance of web service enabled applications. The present software tools and systems are mostly incoherent and static, which (in the majority of cases) is due to ...

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B2B Integration - Workflow Systems - SOA - ESB

The accessibility of services is, however, only starting to take advantage of the latest industry standards such as XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI. The latest three technologies are often associated with such "Web Services" concept as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA ), where services implemented by various technologies should be able to interface with other systems using open standards independently of programming languages and architectures.

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Project Objectives

The primary project objective is to develop an ICT framework, which enables software and service providers (SMEs, RESs, INDs) to generate and establish open, extensible and reconfigurable development platforms for Web-Service applications. Established in such a way the open platforms consist of coupled and linked INFRAWEBS units, whereby each unit provides tools and adaptable system components to analyse, design, conjointly compose, and maintain services (SW services) within their whole life cycle.

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impacts keywords:
dynamic collaboration, web service life cycle, virtual enterprises, Quality of Service Brokering, information stray, confidence, semantic based structures, heterogeneous systems, learning from the past, innovative products, different areas, normalisation, added-value, value-added products,
Reinforcing Competitiveness

Innovation-Related Activities

Added-value at a European level

Reinforcing competitiveness

The INFRAWEBS approach provides "intelligent" tools and systems for establishing, optimising and enhancing dynamic collaboration and development platforms for SW service analysis, design and maintenance. The framework will support different organisations in their organisational workflow, service integration, and sharing of resources - handling their services within the full web service life cycle - and applying a broad class of services.
It is designed as a flexible and reconfigurable platform, which enables the organisations to build faster and more effective partnerships with respect to the service generation, execution and distribution process.
It is one further step in the direction of implementing the European vision of "fast reaction and interchange in virtual enterprises and entities". Virtual enterprises could be established consisting of several building blocks, modules, products, and services which are interchanged, modified and optimised within collaboration and development platforms.
Being directly connected to business partners and having direct access to their services and products, advances the stimulation of innovation "through positive effects on the knowledge value chain".
The system immanent property, consisting in the fact that the platform partners have the ability to change their action role within the development platform - to be client, broker and service provider within the same environment - ensures a highly dynamic and efficient service production process and workflow.
With respect to competitiveness, nowadays it is absolutely necessary and indispensable to be - flexible - highly dynamic - and fast but at the same time - precise - profound - and stable in interactions with customers, clients and partners, especially in the business area. Modern dynamic, reconfigurable, and scalable platforms and frameworks like the Infrawebs support and contribute to the goal of "reinforcing competitiveness" especially in the European dimension.
Distributed decision support systems and tools open complex and impervious structures to the user and the customer. The user is to be guided unambiguously through complex procedures like SW service design, analysis and execution.
In this sense, such systems and frameworks increase the human effectiveness and capability to reinforce competitiveness.

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Innovation-Related Activities

From the technical point of view, one of the important innovation related aspects is the integration of semantic based structures and services in development platform oriented collaboration. The integration of such semantic related structures increases the communication capability of different heterogeneous systems and platforms. Using these methodologies and techniques makes the systems "understandable" to each other (optimised interoperability) - not only in sense of applying standards and formalisations, but due to the machine processability feature also in providing and enhancing automated and agent-based knowledge acquisition and collaboration facilities.
Due to the implementation of "intelligence" within the decision-making and supporting facilities, it serves in automating the processing of semantic structured knowledge and assists in building new products and value-added services. Due to this fact, no specialised developers or personnel are necessary to be involved in service and product configuration and composition. Furthermore, the integration of tools for handling and considering "experience" and "learning from the past" (Case-Based Reasoning - CBR) optimises the composition and generation of services.
The INFRAWEBS approach ensures the "co-evolution of technology and applications". Through this new basic entity, the specific services will be exploitable in combination with incorporated services provided by the business partners. Therefore, a precondition is given in establishing innovative products and services.
From the networking point of view, the innovation related aspects include the introduction of new highly dynamic collaboration structures within working environment of service providers and service users.

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Added-value at a European level

added-value at European level is implicitly given in the proposed framework structure. Applying an ontology and semantics based framework comprises normalisation and formalisation demands on a European level. The normalisation effect of the ontologies provides a national independent effect on communication on European level.
The establishment of national (regional) independent knowledge domains and spaces provides a kind of super ordinate community building effect. The European states and nations will achieve an increased interoperability on at least a systems level. Furthermore, in case of business organisations, the European wide collaboration of business enterprises will increase the effectiveness to build and generate European specific value-added products and services.
Due to the fact that the proposed system framework is semantically based and capable of handling and maintaining "experience" patterns, it should be applied to areas that directly reflect the European dimension - for example, environmental related problem and tasks.

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architecture keywords:
knowledge brokering, client & provider, integrated approach,
Abstract - System Scheme & Vision

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.

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European IST Project: FP6 511723

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European IST Project: FP6 511723

project acronym:

INFRAWEBS

project title:

Intelligent Framework for Generating Open (Adaptable) Development Platforms for Web-Service Enabled Applications Using Semantic Web Technologies, Distributed Decision Support Units and Multi-Agent-Systems

project duration: 30 months

project start: 1st August 2004

   

Objectives

The primary project objective is to develop an ICT framework, which enables software and service providers (SMEs, RESs, INDs) to generate and establish open, extensible and reconfigurable development platforms for Web-Service applications. Established in such a way the open platforms consist of coupled and linked INFRAWEBS units, whereby each unit provides tools and adaptable system components to analyse, design, conjointly compose, and maintain services (SW services) within their whole life cycle. Due to the versatile and modular structure, the proposed framework enables the handling of a broad class of services.
The sub objectives for this project are to develop a software framework to:

  • provide a comfortable and "easy to use" knowledge brokering unit,
  • used within a collaborative workflow and platform environment for analysis, design and composition of SW services
  • supplemented with secure and privacy preserving run-time and maintenance tools.

   

Expected Results

These objectives will be achieved by developing software components consisting of:

  • an ontology and similarity based organizational memory and tools for extracting and retrieving specific knowledge and information for SW services, and
  • a P2P agent-based interoperability environment (Distributed SW service repositories) for CBR based design and composition of SW services (CASE-tool), and
  • a run-time module for supervision (Executor, QoS-Broker) and maintenance considering security and privacy aspects

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Project Coordination

- Administrative Coordination

Prof Dr Ing F Pautzke, [ University of Applied Sciences ], Bochum, Germany

- Scientific Coordination

Dr Ing H Joachim Nern, [ Aspasia Knowledge Systems ], Duesseldorf, Germany

   

Project Partners and their Roles

1 - FHBO - Project Management (Project Coordinator)
Prof Dr Ing F Pautzke
[ Electrical Engineering and Information Sciences ] ; University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany

2 - UIBK - Next Web Generation, QoS-Brokering
Univ Prof Dr rer nat D Fensel
[ Digital Enterprise Research Institute ] ; University of Innsbruck, UIBK, Innsbruck, Austria

3 - IIT - CBR in SW Service Design & Composition
Prof Dr Tanja Atanasova, Prof Dr G Agre
[ IIT - Institute of Information Technology ] ; Bulg. Academy of Science - BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria

4 - SZTAKI - Agent Based Mediation
Dr L Kovacs
[ SZTAKI - Department of Distributed Systems ] ; Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary

5 - ICCS - Security & Privacy
Univ Prof Dr Dr Spyros Tzafestas
[ Institute of Communication and Computer Sciences ] ; National Technical University of Athens - NTUA, Athens, Greece

6 - Profium - Semantic Information Routing
Dr Janne Saarela
[ Profium SA ] ; Espoo, Finland

7 - SAI - Distributed Registries
Atanas Kiryakov
[ OntoText Laboratory ] ; Sirma SAI, Sofia, Bulgaria

8 - FUTUREtec Dissemination and Exploitaion, IPRs Issues, Validation.
Responsible: Dr C Rehm-Berbenni and Ing. Andrei Druta
[ FUTUREtec-GmbH ] ; Gesellschaft für angewandte Informatik mbH, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

9 - ATOS - Requirement-Profiles & Test-Scenarios
Lydia Montandon
[ STREAM ] ; Technology Center - Atos Origin, Madrid, Spain

10 - Best-HP - Test-Scenarios & Requirement-Profiles
Marco Di Girolamo
[ BEST-EIC ] ; Hewlett Packard, Italia

11 - big&Aspa - Organisational Memory - Scientific Coordination
Dr H Joachim Nern, Georg Jesdinski, Michael Kronenberg
[ big7.net GmbH & Aspasia Knowledge Systems ] ; Duesseldorf, Germany

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