Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Data Integration using Web Services

18 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2003  

Mark D. Hansen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Michael Siegel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Date Written: May 2002

Abstract

In this paper we examine the opportunities for data integration in the context of the emerging Web Services systems development paradigm. The paper introduces the programming standards associated with Web Services and provides an example of how Web Services can be used to unlock heterogeneous business systems to extract and integrate business data. We provide an introduction to the problems and research issues encountered when applying Web Services to data integration. We provide a formal definition of aggregation (as a type of data integration) and discuss the impact of Web Services on aggregation. We show that Web Services will make the development of systems for aggregation both faster and less expensive to develop. A system architecture for Web Services based aggregation is presented that is representative of products available from software vendors today. Finally, we highlight some of the challenges facing Web Services that are not currently being addressed by standards bodies or software vendors. These include context mediation, trusted intermediaries, quality and source selection, licensing and payment mechanisms, and systems development tools. We suggest some research directions for each of these challenges.

Keywords: Data Integration, Web Services Systems Development

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Mark D. and Madnick, Stuart and Siegel, Michael, Data Integration using Web Services (May 2002). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4406-02; CISL Working Paper No. 2002-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=376822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.376822

Mark Hansen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

100 Main Street
E62-416
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

Stuart Madnick (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

E53-321
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-6671 (Phone)
617-253-3321 (Fax)

Michael Siegel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

E53-323
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-2937 (Phone)
617-258-7579 (Fax)

Paper statistics

Downloads
887
Rank
21,309
Abstract Views
5,445