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Agent-Based Semantic Web Services

21 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2018 Publication Status: Accepted

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Nicholas Gibbins

University of Southampton - Department of Electronics and Computer Science

Stephen Harris

University of Southampton - Department of Electronics and Computer Science

Nigel Shadbolt

University of Oxford - Computing Laboratory

Abstract

The Web Services world consist of loosely-coupled distributed systems which adapt to changes by the use of service descriptions that enable ad-hoc, opportunistic service discovery and reuse. At present, these service descriptions are semantically improverished, being concerned with describing the functional signature of the services rather than characterising their meaning. In the Semantic Web community, the DAML Services effort attempts to rectify this by providing a more expressive way of describing Web services using ontologies. However, this approach does not separate the domain-neutral communicative intent of a message from its domain-specific content, unlike similar developments from the multi-agent systems community. We describe our experiences of designing and building an ontologically motivated Web Services system for situational awareness and information triage in a simulated humanitarian aid scenario. In particular, we discuss the merits of using techniques from the multi-agent systems community for separating the intentional force of messages from their content, and the implementation of these techniques within the DAML Services model.

Keywords: Web Services, Semantic Web, DAML-S, Agent Communication, Languages, Ontologies

Suggested Citation

Gibbins, Nicholas and Harris, Stephen and Shadbolt, Nigel, Agent-Based Semantic Web Services (2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3199012

Nicholas Gibbins (Contact Author)

University of Southampton - Department of Electronics and Computer Science ( email )

Southampton
United Kingdom

Stephen Harris

University of Southampton - Department of Electronics and Computer Science ( email )

Southampton
United Kingdom

Nigel Shadbolt

University of Oxford - Computing Laboratory ( email )

Wolfson Building
Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QD
United Kingdom

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