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30.12.2005

SOA & WS:   The Impact of  SOA and Web Services On Wide-Area Networks

Web services-based service-oriented architecture (SOA) is an evolved form of distributed computing that can trace its roots to earlier architectures such as CORBA and JINI.

WS with voice:    SandCherry Talks Up SOA Web Services for Voice

SandCherry has designed its software so that IT organizations can use a single SOA implementation for self-service applications for both Web and voice. Voice self-service includes Interactive Voice Response (IVR), the company says.

 
29.12.2005

WS & MS:    A Tangled Web of Services

Gates and co.'s new direction in offering Microsoft's products as Web services is being met with more confusion than mandate by the industry, writes Doug Barney in this article appearing in Redmondmag.com

WS tool:   The Four "Quantum States" of AJAX

AJAX stands for Asynchronous communication, JavaScript, and XML. The Wall Street Journal ( “Google Bets on AJAX,” The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2005.) wrote that AJAX represents “a big step toward the Holy Grail of having the kinds of speed and responsiveness in Web-based programs that’s usually associated only with desktop software.”

27.12.2005

Web 2.0:    Web 2.0 The Global SOA

Software as a Service (SAAS) and Web as Platform are only two of the larger mantras of Web 2.0 that most of the major software vendors have begun to embrace recently. Yet not only is Web 2.0 still very misunderstood, it's actually part of an even larger way of thinking about software in a fully service-oriented manner.

WS & SOA:   Software AG to Develop SOA and Web Services For Google

Software AG has announced that Composite Application Integrator (CAI), the company’s design and runtime environment for combining Web services into rich composite Internet applications, now supports Google maps. CAI is the first AJAX-based product to include a Google maps control.

26.12.2005

Webs past and future:    Sir Tim and the Gift That Keeps On Giving

In 1990, the world received the first Web browser for Christmas. Santa, in the form of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was very good to us indeed.

SW search:  The future of online search

" I think the hardest thing in the world is how to ask the right question, it is not how to find the answer it is how to ask the right question,"  says John Batelle, co-founder of Wired Magazine.

23.12.2005

WS & SOA:  The IBM Rational Approach to SOA and Web Services

An SOA is an IT framework that combines individual business functions and processes, called services, to implement sophisticated business applications and processes.

WS business:   As Telco’s Become Service-Centric, They Need to Think BPM

Business process management (BPM) is a fast growing management practice that many industries have embraced. IDC predicts the BPM market will grow 20 percent every year through 2010, and Gartner has identified 140 companies claiming to be BPM players—the top 10 of which own 55 percent of the market.

22.12.2005

SW future:  Welcome to the Future of the Web

Sometimes the best way to understand the big picture is to take a look at the smaller brush strokes that make it what it is. Here's a big trend: decentralization of control. It's a move toward web users having more power to control their own online experiences. And some of the brush strokes: wikis, blogs, podcasts, RSS and mash-ups. If you haven't heard of some of these yet, you'll probably hear of them soon.

W3C blogger:   Berners-Lee starts his own blog

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has begun to write his own blog. The news has caused a ripple around the blogging community with hundreds of comments posted on the first message. You can read Berners-Lee's blog here.

21.12.2005

SOA paradigm:    Turning reuse into reality

The Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm is based on the concept of “build once, reuse many times”. Instead of building each application from scratch, the SOA is about assembling and configuring where possible, and building only when absolutely necessary.
 
20.12.2005

WS directory:    Microsoft, IBM, SAP To Discontinue UDDI Web Services Registry Effort

Microsoft, IBM and SAP are discontinuing the UDDI Business Registry (UBR) project for Web services on January 12, 2006, according to Web-based bulletins from the three companies.

WS standard tools:    IBM Boosts Web Services Distributed Management Standard

New software from IBM helps developers embrace the Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) standard, which applies a common management interface across the environment and enables management software from different vendors to work together.
 
19.12.2005

SW indexing:   Semantic Web, Here We Come

A consortium of blogging startups wants to give deeper  meaning to the Internet by giving  people tools to categorize web pages.  The “Structured Blogging Initiative” is an attempt to jump-start the semantic web- the idea of giving deeper meaning to the Internet advocated by WWW creator Tim Berners-Lee.

WS & SOA:     Myths And Realities of Web Services

Web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA) have been the holy grail in computing for at least 20 years.
 
16.12.2005

SW & GRID:   Understanding Grid semantics for virtual collaboration

The EU funded RTD project InteliGrid project promises todeliver on the long promised but never realised potential of networks, which people and companies can plug into, use its resources, and find and share information based on its meaning.

instant SOA :  Tibco Offers A Way To Deploy Quick, 'Tactical' SOAs

One way for an enterprise to implement a service-oriented architecture is by building many software services that can be delivered via a shared Web portal. Tibco Software Inc. has just unveiled its PortalBuilder 5.0 for producing services-oriented portals.

WS & search:   Alexa Turns Web Services and Search Inside Out with Web Search Platform Beta

By releasing the Alexa Web Search Platform Beta, the company says it opens up the Alexa Web Crawl so that anyone "can create new search services without having to invest millions of dollars in crawl, storage, processing, search and server technology." .
 
15.12.2005

SW awareness:   Jump-Starting Semantic Web Efforts

An online poll of Bio-IT World readers found that many life scientists do not know much about the Semantic Web. For example, about 37 percent of the poll's 150 respondents said they were clueless when it came to the Semantic Web. Another 16 percent said they were vaguely aware, but needed more information.

SOA basics:   Building Flexible Business Processes Using BPEL and Rules

The promise of SOA is simplified integration, increased reuse, greater agility, and reduced risk. SOA and BPM deliver increased agility through three key enablers. Now read on...
 
14.12.2005

SOA talk:   Talking Web Services with Software AG

Telephone interview with Software AG's chief SOA architect and director of the company's newly unveiled SOA Competency Center about what SOA is, where it's at, and how it stacks up against more traditional integration technologies such as EAI. 

WS Quiz:   Are You Ready for Web Services?

Think you're ready? Take this quiz and find out for sure.

 
13.12.2005

SWS :  Research Into Greater Interoperability

"SAP Research is tackling this set of key issues in a number of major research projects conducted within its global research network. For instance, the DIP (Data, Information, and Process Integration with Semantic Web Services)  research project is looking at ways of combining web services and semantic web technologies with the objective of automatically creating web services within the Internet environment. "

WS future:  Brokering Web Services... The Next Big Thing?

Web services were created around the notion that it's easier to discover and leverage somebody else's service rather than write your own from scratch. Also, it is much easier to create applications made up of many services, thereby allowing change to occur at a pace faster than anything we've seen in the industry thus far. 

SOA uptake:   SAP Maps Out SOA Plans

Despite an overabundance of buzzwords and tired acronyms around service-oriented architecture, there's a definite revolution brewing in the software industry, and SAP AG plans to be at the center of it. Working with partners, SAP plans to define and publish a common language—a lingua franca for doing business in a service-oriented world.

 
12.12.2005

SW apps:   Medical industry first group on semantic Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched its first special interest group to begin the planning necessary for application of semantic Web technologies in a vertical industry. The new group, called the Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG), will be the first to deploy semantic Web specifications into services defined by a user community.

SW development tool:  Altova Reveals Ground-Breaking Semantic Web Tool

Altova SemanticWorks 2006 is a visual Semantic Web development tool with support for Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL) creation and editing.

 
09.12.2005

SWS & WSMO:   Semantic Web Services with the Web Services Modeling Ontology (WSMO)

A feature article appearing in the latest edition of AgentlinkNews (edition 19), by John Domingue, Dieter Fensel and Dumitru Roman. This coincides with the announcement of the latest release of WSMO Studio tool (v0.3.0) by the DIP project.

SOA :   BPEL in a Service-Oriented Architecture

BPEL (Business Process Execution Language for Web Services) is a language for describing Web service orchestration in terms of stateful, long-running interactions consisting of synchronous and asynchronous message exchanges. This article focuses on executable BPEL processes and presents one view on the benefits that BPEL brings to an XML Web service.

 
08.12.2005

SW & GRID :   W2COG Launches Three Netcentric Projects

The World Wide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG), a U.S. government development program, has announced activity in three project themes focused on improving communications and collaboration within government agencies, private industry, academia and non-government organizations. The three projects have the following as themes: Rich Semantic Track; Private Coalition Communications; and Network-enabled Business Process.

WS applications:   Leading banks collaborate with SAP on Web Services definitions

ABN Amro, Barclays, BBVA, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Postbank, ING and Standard Bank are collaborating with SAP in an effort to define bank-specific business processes for delivering an enterprise-wide service oriented architecture.

SOA tools:   New SOA Web Services Architecture Tools For Mainframe

GT Software has announced Ivory Service Architect– an integrated toolset that enables organizations to rapidly implement an SOA using their existing mainframe hardware, applications, data and skills.

 
07.12.2005

WS tools:   Web Services: Ready, Set, Implement

Through XML and the Internet, companies can now provide services and applications over the Web in a plug and play, distributed environment. In fact, according to a Capgemini (New York) survey, 64 percent of those surveyed are planning on using service-oriented architectures (SOA) in the future.

WS app:   Rhapsody launches Web-based digital music services

Digital media company RealNetworks Inc on Monday said it would launch a free, Web-based version of its Rhapsody digital music subscription services.

 
06.12.2005

Semantic Web:   Semantics, Openness and New Collaborative Processes

The First Online Metadata and Semantics Research Conference scheduled for November 23-30, has been extended until December 7th. The website hosts presentations, papers, a forum and a chatline for conference participants to talk at leisure about the conference topics, without moving from their desks.

SW tools:   Wicked Cool Java - Crawling the Semantic Web

In this excerpt from Wicked Cool Java, Brian Eubanks explains how Java developers can participate in the Semantic Web, a project that strives to create a universal medium for information exchange by linking concepts together.

Semantic Mac app?:   Mac Programs That Come With Thinking Caps On

Devon, developed in Germany and offered by Devon-technologies.com, offers fast, indexed searches for files containing a specific name or word. But alongside those keyword matches, it displays a "show also" button that will bring up files or passages whose meaning is related to what you are looking for.

 
05.12.2005

WS application:   StrikeIron, Jamcracker To Bring Web Services To The Software-As-A-Service Market

StrikeIron Inc., involved in Web Services commercialization through its Web Services Business Network (WSBizNet), has announced a strategic partnership with Jamcracker, a provider of on-demand delivery software.

WS application:   ColdFusion MX: A Web Service Example

From the first day the Internet was conceived, its primary goal was to allow people to access information stored on remote computers. Over the last couple of years, the technology of Web services has evolved not only to enhance accessing this information, but to share it as well.

 
02.12.2005

WS standards:  IBM, BEA, Oracle and SAP team on new web services standards

A press release listed the high-tech firepower being brought to bear on the issue of developing web service standards: Oracle, IBM, BEA, SAP, Zend, Iona, Siebel, Xcalia, and Sybase. Once developed, the standards specification will help bring structure to the various applications constructed upon the SOA and its series of reusable services.

WS applications:  Insurers Gear Up for Web Services Implementation

Based on open, standard protocols, primarily XML, Web services expose an application or data on one computer to requests from other computers without using proprietary interface languages.

 
01.12.2005

SOA & WS :  Ten Things Your Enterprise Information Intergration Vendor May Not Tell You

A lot of the scenarios and case studies[vendors] present are very targeted or are simple examples of how their product works that don't delve into the complexities of a real-world environment.

WS application:  FEMA plans to use Web services for disaster claims

The storm-wracked Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to accelerate payments to disaster victims by switching its main system for tracking and calculating claims from a client-server application to a Web services system .

 
30.11.2005

SW conference:  Das Semantic Web auf dem Weg in die Praxis (in German)

An article reporing on the recent Semantics 2005 conference held in Vienna, Austria. It mentions project DIP,  the DIP e-Government case study, and WSMO.

WS uptake :  Microsoft gearing up for Web services

A recent memo from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to his top employees, the leadership direction coming from new chief technology officer Ray Ozzie, and the announced Windows Live and Office Live offerings have put the spotlight on Web-based services.

 
29.11.2005

SW initiative:  European Semantic Systems Initiative launched

SDK, which is a cluster of the IST projects SEKT, DIP and Knowledge Web started a strategic alignment with the IST ASG project on adaptive services for Grids resulting in the formation of the European Semantic Systems Initiative (ESSI). (This is the IST Results take on the story first announced in the Press Release titled SDK joins forces with Adaptive Services Grid(ASG) for European Semantic Systems Initiative (ESSI), released on 14/11/2005).

WS IPR issue:  eBay Granted Supreme Court Hearing Over Web Services Feature

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider an appeal by eBay with regard to an ongoing battle the company is having with MercExchange. The court will hear debate over an appeals court's issuance of a permanent injunction against eBay's use of the "Buy It Now" feature, which MercExchange says infringes on two of its patents.

WS application ;-) :  Bill Gates Relaunches Self As XML-RPC Web Services Collection

The announcement was greeted with surprise, admiration, and a certain degree of frustration by the 380 million Windows users, all of whom were forced to reboot their computers within five minutes of viewing the popup announcement.

 
28.11.2005

SW applications:  Semantic Web eyed to link health care information

The W3C Consortium has announced formation of the Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group, which is to deploy standardized Semantic Web specifications to provide services defined by the user community. According to W3C, embedding of semantics into medical and research information will offer better access to information needed to find cures for diseases, make drugs safer and more affordable, and enable health care providers to offer individualized clinical management.

Technology advances Looking Back on IDC's 2005 Predictions

Back in January 2005, TDC Trade printed a list of  ten predictions for 2005 from IDC, the market intelligence and advisory firm for the Asia/Pacific Information and Communications Technology regional market. Here is the reminder (including one involving SW technologies, point 10)

 
25.11.2005

SOA survey:   Study Confirms Service Reuse Reduces Project Cycle Time

A new analyst report documents that enterprises are enhancing IT responsiveness and agility while realizing "significant" business benefits as a result of thier SOA implementations. The analysis, produced by Nucleus Research, was based on interviews with companies at various stages of SOA and Web services rollouts. The final report is available via download by visiting http://www.webMethods.com/ROI4SOA

WS struggle :   Microsoft, Google Face Off over Services

Tech analysts are speculating what the future of computing will look like as free web-based services and open-source software increasingly compete with Microsoft's core product line of operating systems and office products. The theory runs that at some point advertising-supported, web-based applications and services could take the place of shrink-wrapped, store-purchased software.

 
24.11.2005

SW uptake:   W3C Launches Group Linking Medical Industry with Semantic Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is launching a new interest Group - the Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG) - to connect medical industry players with Semantic Web experts in an effort to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption in the health care and life science industries.  A second story on the same theme can be found in Bio-IT World  "W3C Forms Life Science Semantic Web Group"

WS application:   Provia's Web Services Simplify Warehouse Management

The new Provia WMS 7.0 is the first edition of Provia Software's product to be based an SOA (service-oriented architecture) . The distributed nature of warehouse environments was a decisive factor in the move to include the "operational side" in developing the Web services-based software.

 
22.11.2005

WS security:  WSE 3.0 Final Release

Web Services Enhancements 3.0 final release version is now freely available for download.  WSE 3.0 will work with both Visual Studio.NET 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0.

 
21.11.2005

WS tools:   Microsoft Releases Technology for Developing Secure Web Services

Microsoft has released the latest version of its Web Services Enhancements technology. WSE 3.0 is an add-on to the company's latest Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0. It allows developers to write and implement Web Services Interoperability Organization's WS* protocols (WS-Security, WS-Routing, WS-Attachments etc.) by adding a few lines of code to their apps.

SW search:   Google Base (beta) Officially Live Now

Google says this is the new (free) service where you can add any type of information, and they will host it and make it searchable online. Though not strictly semantic based, GBase is close to Google’s mission statement (“organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”).

WS apps:   EBay Makes Access To Its Web Services Free

In an effort to reward third-party developers and to woo new programmers to create applications for its e-commerce and auction site, eBay Inc. has made access to eBay Web Services free .

 
18.11.2005

WS standards:   Microsoft Backs Web Services-Federation Against SAML 2.0 For Identity Federation

The WS-Federation protocols compete with the SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 2.0 specification, which so far has strong footing in the race to create secured identity federation across organizations. SAML 2.0 is backed by consortiums such as the Liberty Alliance and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

SW tool:   Introducing SPARQL - Querying the Semantic Web (Part 1 of 3)

This tutorial, the first of a three-part series, introduces SPARQL - a query language and data access protocol for the Semantic Web.

 
13.11.2005

WS integration:   U.S. Air Force, DOD Set To Link Web Services

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Department of Defence plan to merge part of their Web services registries to allow the sharing of such services throughout the military.

WS apps:  Develop apps with Web services and the eBay SDK (Part 3)

IBM Developerworks has posted part 3 of their series article Develop apps with Web services and the eBay SDK. Parts 1 , 2 are also available from the page.

   
11.11.2005

WS vs .Net:   Out with .Net; In with Web Services

Revealed in two internal memos crafted by Gates and recently arrived Chief Technology Officer Ray Ozzie, Microsoft is ready to take on the "services wave" of software available to millions over the Web.

Ambient computing:  The Impact of "Ambient Findability"

Peter Morville discusses the results of being able to find anything from anywhere at anytime, thanks to ubiquitous computing and the Net.

 
10.11.2005

WS for MS:   Gates Orders Web Services Emphasis

Microsoft internal memos analyze another 'sea change' for company's focus, and Bill Gates backs a sweeping plan to reshape Microsoft's development efforts of new Internet-based services.

WS language :   Why Ajax may be the future of Web services

Ajax (' asynchronous JavaScript and XML') is a programming technique for creating rich, Web-based applications that look and work like desktop software, even though they are browser-based and use few resources.

 
09.11.2005

SW standards :   W3C Group Works to Standardize Web Rules

The RIF (Rule Interchange Format) working group is tasked with producing a standard means for exchanging rules on the Web, regardless of data format.

W3C and SWS:  DERI leads new OASIS Semantic Execution Environment Technical Committee for Service Orientated Architecture (Press Release)

The new OASIS Semantic Execution Environment (SEE) Technical Committee will develop guidelines, justifications, and implementation directions for an execution environment for Semantic Web services.

SW lecture :   Ontologies and the Semantic Web by Prof. Ian Horrocks

This is the annual lecture where the winner of the BCS Roger Needham Award is given an opportunity to give a public lecture on their work. The lecture will be held at The Royal Society, London on 7 December 2005 .

 
08.11.2005

EU RTD :   Europe Boosts IT Research

The follow-up of the ITEA program ( Information Technology for European Advancement) , known as ITEA-2,  is set to run from 2007 for eight years with a budget of more than 3 billion euro (about $3.6 billion).

W3C standards :   World Wide Web Consortium Launches RIF Working Group

World Wide Web Consortium has announced the formation of the Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group with a mission to produce a standard means for exchanging rules on the Web. Rules constitute a key element of the Semantic Web vision, allowing integration, derivation, and transformation of data from multiple sources.

 
07.11.2005

SW toolkit :  Semantisches Web auf dem Vormarsch  (in German)

Nokia is promoting open source in a big way. Wilbur, a Semantic Web toolkit written in Common Lisp, can be found at opensource.nokia.com.

WS tool :   Microsoft Updates Web Services Tool

Microsoft is expected to release the latest version of its Web Service Enhancements (WSE) tool to the general public today Monday, just in time for the launch of Visual Studio 2005 (VS 2005). WSE 3.0 is an add-on to the Visual Studio 2005 platform and .NET Framework 2.0 that allows developers to create secure Web services using the latest industry protocols.

 
04.11.2005

SOA & WS :  SOA Web Services and Enterprise Content Management

Faced with the limited interoperability and/or scalability of conventional ECM platforms, developers are turning to Web services as a way to realize ECM functionality and real-time content.

WS for interoperability :   Sun Adds New Web Services to Grid Utility

Sun Microsystems intends to deliver on-demand network services to convert documents from proprietary formats such as Microsoft Office into the Open Document Format (ODF), and also plans to deliver a service to convert text files to podcasts or audio files for playback at a later date.

 
03.11.2005

SOA for SWS:   OASIS Committee to Tackle Semantic Web services

Members of the OASIS international standards consortium have formed a committee to define an architecture to incorporate the application of semantics into service-oriented systems, providing intelligent mechanisms for consuming Semantic Web services.

SOA and sci-fi:   OASIS melds sci-fi, SOA

Closely following the announcement that OASIS is to form a committee to define a semantic basis for SOA (see story above), this commentary from Michael Meehan throws doubt over such an undertaking.

 
02.11.2005

WS apps :   Microsoft Serves Up Web Services

Microsoft Inc.has unveiled a renewed focus on services delivered over the Internet, as it tries to fend off challenges from Google Inc. and other competitors.

WS alt. :   Can Web services be used in other communication platforms besides the Web?

Yes, they can. Web services are described by WSDL, which is used to describe a service using XML, not necessarily one that is used over the Web.

WS over IP :   XML Marks The Spot In IP Services

The move to provision broadband voice, video and data services at the application layer via XML picked up steam last week. As executives from Telcordia Technologies promoted their Maestro Internet Protocol multimedia service (IMS) suite, IBM Corp. announced it acquired DataPower Technology, one of the last independent providers of XML acceleration systems.

 
01.11.2005

WS standards :  IBM Submits Web Services Polling (WS-Polling) Specification to W3C

WS-Polling defines a mechanism to deliver messages destined to an unreachable endpoint by allowing the destination to poll the source for messages targeted for it.

SW Lab :  Fire hits computer research at Southampton U.

A major fire has partially destroyed the world-class computer labs at Southampton University where Tim Berners-Lee was last year appointed a professor, where he is working on the next version of the web, the Semantic Web.

 
31.10.2005

WS app :   Web Services Assurance for Insurance

Web services promise insurance companies the ability to be rapidly responsive to both regulatory requirements and market opportunities by enabling changes to software systems without disrupting internal integration among applications or external integration with brokers, agents, and partners.

SOA :    Is Web 2.0 The Global SOA?

Are we heading towards an architectural singularity in the software industry? Is Web 2.0 actually the most massive instance possible of service-oriented architecture, realized on a worldwide scale and sprawling across the Web?

SW & metadata:   The many meanings of metadata

As we weave more and better metadata into software, documents, Web sites, and file systems, the information stored in these various containers will become more available, more cohesive, and therefore more useful.

 
28.10.2005

SOA case study:   SOA in Action - LibGo Travel

LibGo's Next-Generation Travel System (NGTS) has adopted a modern SOA with shared business services and Web services: data interchange using XML and WSDL as the single interface definition standard.

XML patent :   Who Owns XML?

Executives at Scientigo, a small software maker based in Charlotte, NC, claim the company owns two U.S. patents (No. 5,842,213 and No. 6,393,426), that cover one of the fundamental concepts behind XML .

SW search:   ePrecis - next generation search?

ePrécis is compared to the Semantic Web's effort to process natural language - and in particular OWL (Ontology Language Overview). James Matthewson thinks that ePrécis "can do today what OWL might only do after much rapid refinement and adoption".

WS standards   OASIS Members Form Committee for Web Services Secure Exchange (WS-SX)

The committee plans to define extensions to the WS-Security OASIS Standard that will enable the trusted exchange of multiple SOAP messages and will define security policies that govern the formats and tokens of those messages. The consortium includes Adobe, BEA Systems, Computer Associates, DataPower, HP, IBM, IONA, Microsoft, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, SAP, SOA Software, VeriSign, webMethods and others ...

 
27.10.2005

Web 2.0 hype:  Is Web 2.0 killing the Semantic Web?

I really want the Semantic Web (SW) explosion to happen... But a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach tells me that it's still a long way off. And worse still, that the Web 2.0 momentum could push it further back... explains Dan Zambonini writing in O'Reilly net.

WS trends :  Study Says DBAs Focusing on Web Services, XML

A report from Evans Data Corp. has found that more than half of all DBAs are working with web services, XML, middleware and even application performance tasks.

 
26.10.2005

WS portal :   Google Base - May Take on eBay

The search giant is poised to jump into e-commerce with a service called Google Base. By hosting everything from articles on current events, to used car listings, to scientific data, Google could be taking a step toward building the “Semantic Web” .

WS app :   StrikeIron Announces Free Premium Web Services Analyzer for Windows

The desktop based Premium Analyzer allows users to easily browse through both internal and external directories and includes direct access to the StrikeIron Web Services Marketplace.

 
25.10.2005

SW future :   The future of the Web is Semantic

Ontologies form the backbone of a whole new way to understand online data, says Naveen Balani in this developerWorks introductory article.

SW leveraging :   Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreement With ICRA (Press Release)

ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association) has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft allowing Microsoft to utilize the ICRA system in a range of products such as Internet Explorer, Windows and FrontPage. ICRA uses machine-understandable labels that enable content users to customize their online experience.

 
24.10.2005

Web 2.0 hype :   Six Things you need to know about Bubble 2.0

Andrew Orlowski writing in The Register offers us a reality-based guide to what's happening in the sector, navigating through the mad hype surrounding Web 2.0 .  A follow-up to the article in Web 2.0: you're not even slightly whelmed.

 
21.10.2005

SW search :   Quintura Announces Next-Generation Web Search Software

Quintura Search has announced a new approach the company calls "The Way People Search" that helps a user to search and find information on the web easier and faster by defining the context or meaning of the keyword. In addition, it uses dynamic clusterization and a visual semantic map to simplify web search.

Web 2.0 :   Meet Venture Capital

The emergence of Web 2.0 companies ("'Web 2.0' Has Arrived,") is causing a good deal of excitement for entrepreneurs. Among the hallmarks of these next-generation companies are their low startup costs, limited infrastructure needs, and speedy time-to-market with products.

 
20.10.2005

SW :   The Semantic Organization - Knowing What You Know

A search on the semantic Web promises more (relevance) with less(search results). However progress is slow, mainly because very little information on the Web has not been semantically tagged. It may be more prudent to start on a smaller scale than the Web.

SOA market:   Toward Service-Oriented Architectures

87 percent of 100 CIOs recently polled by Goldman Sachs say they are using Web services now, and 54 percent plan to deploy infrastructure to support SOA by year-end. But many I.T. executives still have trouble identifying the practical steps needed to achieve an enterprise SOA.

 
19.10.2005

SW & Web2.0:   The Future of the Web - in Many Dimensions

Just when we think we understand the Web we find it has yet another dimension and here are eight to start with.

WS markets :   IBM Acquires DataPower on Its Way To Dominate SOA Web Services Market

Already integrated with many IBM products, DataPower builds on IBM's existing SOA capabilities, including WebSphere.

 
18.10.2005

SW & Web2.0:   Who Will You Listen To?

Web2.0 isn't just about building better search. This article by Hans-Peter Brøndmo lists a few other attributes.

SOA Center Software AG Unveils SOA Web Services Competency Center

Software AG Inc. has unveiled its SOA Competency Center (SOACC) in North America, which will help organizations understand the value of SOA (service-oriented architecture) in their unique environment .

 
17.10.2005

EU RTD A Roadmap for Agent-Based Computing

The IST project AgentLink III, a coordination network for agent-based computing, has completed its roadmap which provides an assessment of the current situation with respect to the status of agent technologies .

SOA & WS WSDL - Describing Web Services in 2005

Currently in its second incarnation and heading for its third, WSDL has been the definitive gold standard for providing descriptions of Web services.

SOA specs OASIS Forms New SOA Web Services Transaction Committee

There is a new Oasis Web Services Transaction (WS-TX) technical committee meant to define a set of protocols for coordinating the outcome of distributed application actions. It was formed by IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, BEA, Fujitsu, Hitachi, SAP, TIBCO, webMethods, among others, and will be co-chaired by IBM and Iona.

 
14.10.2005

WS standardisation OASIS Looks to Standardize Web Services

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), has announced a new initiative to define a set of protocols that will standardize Web service consensus protocols that are used in SOAs (service oriented architectures).

SOA marketing IONA and Satyam Partner on SOA Web Services

In the initial stages of the partnership, IONA and Satyam will engage in joint sales and marketing activities with the intent of identifying projects where Web services-based integration can be used to bring together disparate systems and deliver powerful Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) deployments to its customers.

 
13.10.2005

WS certification Introducing the CWSP...

The Certified Web Services Professional (CWSP) – the National Infocomm Competency Centre’s(Singapore) first professional certification for web services specialists – was officially launched at Weave 2005 this week.

WS marketplace Web services adoption on track in Singapore: IDA

Web services continue to gain momentum in Singapore. Businesses which have adopted Web services now stand at 14 percent, up from 8 percent in 2003. To date, Web services have generated S$70 million in investment spending, creating more than 290 jobs.

 
12.10.2005

WS & MS Microsoft 2.0 -Combining software and services

At a panel session at the Web 2.0 conference hosts John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly peppered three of Microsoft's top executives with tough questions about Microsoft's future strategy for MSN, Windows and Office.

WS interview 3 Questions - Web Services for Sale

A question-answer session with Bob Brauer, president of StrikeIron, a commercial "marketplace" where companies can buy and sell Web services.

 
11.10.2005

SOA Survey Lots of Web Services, But More Education Required for SOA

Global 2000 survey finds business acceptance and training are top issues hampering widespread SOA adoption.

SW & Web 2.0 Cold water thrown on Google's app aspirations

Services-based computing—whether referred to as Web 2.0, Web services, or component software—is a natural for Google to exploit using the underlying technology of OpenOffice.  However ...

SOA Europe Week 2 of the European SOA Architect Forum series

The attendance at these forums has been averaging between 80 and 100. The quality of the audience at these events continues to be extremely high, with most people being Sr. level architects who are responsible for defining and delivering a SOA strategy for their organization.

 
10.10.2005

SW & Web 2.0 Are You Ready for Web 2.0? 

No one may be able to agree on what Web 2.0 means, but the idea of a new, more collaborative internet is creating buzz reminiscent of the go-go days of the late 1990s. From Wired News.

WS BPEL - Rounding Off the Essentials

BPEL (BPEL4WS) is the Business Process Execution Language for web services, a popular web service composition language and possibly the future standard.

SW & W3C Upcoming W3C Events

W3C has published an update to its schedule of forthcoming events. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is 400 Member organizations and 67 Team members leading the Web to its full potential.

 
07.10.2005

WS solutionsVendor agnostic web services help from SAP

SAP, the European business applications software provider, is seeking to help enterprises use more of web services in a cost effective way and not have to spend a bomb to overcome incompatibility of solutions from different vendors.

SW future:  Inventor of the Web reflects on what he wrought

An e-mail interview with Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1990. He   now leads a Web-standards consortium based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 
06.10.2005

SW search:  Web 2.0: Looking for new ideas in search

A panel entitled "Search by another name: New ideas in Search" - set up to brainstorm new search approaches - didn't yield much in the way of new ideas or Web 2.0 breakthroughs.

Web 2.0 Web 2.0 spotlights risk, opportunities on the Internet

Burning questions of interest to companies doing business over the Internet will be addressed by an impressive roster of high-ranking executives from industry powerhouses such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft., as well as from small startups at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, 5-7 Oct 2005.

 
05.10.2005

SW : Altova SemanticWorks 2006 Helps To Intuitively Learn and Work with RDF and OWL Technologies

Altova SemanticWorks(TM) 2006 is a visual Semantic Web development tool with support for Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL) creation and editing.

 
04.10.2005

WS & SOAWeb services registries get wired

Oracle has signed an OEM deal to embed Systinet's registry in Oracle's Fusion middleware version 3, a sign that Web services and service-oriented architectures are maturing. .

 
03.10.2005

SW :  Start Making Sense - Get From Data To Semantic Integration

Business Intelligence and data warehousing, weighed down by limited perspectives about how to integrate information, must be adjusted. The tonic is semantic integration and ontology, which blend data with richer meaning and context.

WS killer app? :   Windows should rev up Web services

"There is hope for increased Web services activity, found in a rather unlikely place: desktop productivity applications, such as Microsoft Word... The pace of [WS ] adoption should pick up as software that directly impacts the end-user — such as Microsoft Office, IBM Workplace and OpenOffice — are marketed increasingly as platforms for building business-specific applications.

 
30.09.2005

SOA & WS :  Will Sun "Destroy That Village In Order to Save It" (From Microsoft)?

Do SOA and Web services represent the grass that's about to be trampled as two familiar i-Technology elephants – Sun and Microsoft – fight?

SW apps :  NSF Funding for Semantic Web Development for Plant Biologists

The U.S. National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) has announced a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Virtual Plant Information Network (VPIN). The VPIN will be the first large-scale implementation of a semantic information network for biological research.

WS & metadata :  How eBay Uses Metadata to Enhance Its Web Services

This article describes how eBay tackled the problem of documenting its web services using structured metadata.

 
29.09.2005

WS .com :   StrikeIron Secures Series B Funding

StrikeIron Inc.,  the Web services provider, has announced that the company has closed a $2 million Series B round of venture capital.

WS future:   Web services are new frontier: Microsoft

“We believe that web services is the path forward. The idea is to build better products and offer value propositions through the development of better software."

SW :   Jim Hendler Joins Cerebra Technology Advisory Board

Cerebra Inc, the provider of standards-based semantic technology products, has announced the addition of Professor Jim Hendler to their Technology Advisory Board.

 
28.09.2005

SOA services :  SOA - spawning a services market

Need help building your service-oriented architecture? Vendors stand ready with a slew of service options.

 
27.09.2005

SOA Survey :   SOA Now a Number-One Priority at Large Corporations

According to a 'pulse survey' conducted by Capgemini U.S, while only one-third (35%) of enterprises currently use SOA, more than eight in ten (82%) plan on utilizing these architectures in the near future. The Capgemini survey finds that SOA will be the number-one priority for half of the responding organization's IT infrastructure (50%), compared to four in ten (41%) who point to outsourcing and labor arbitrage as the biggest driver.

WS-* :  WS-Heavy, WS-Lite, WS-JustRight

"The original plan for this story was to explore the tension between the WS-* and Web 2.0 styles of service-oriented development. I wasn't expecting to find a lot of love for WS-*, frankly, but things turned out differently. " (from Jon Udell's weblog)

SOA implementations :   Service Oriented Architectures Become Reality for SAP Customers

TRW Airbag Systems GmbH and VEKA AG are working closely with SAP to build out their ESA environments, which harness the power of Web services.

 
26.09.2005

WS progress :   Why the "Web Services" Takeover of the World Will Continue

Credit for coining (or first using) the term belongs to Philip Greenspun, the now-retired computer scientist who was a pioneer in developing online communities."I might have coined the term but not with its current meaning," he says.

SOA:   Demystifying SOA - Myths About SOA Web Services Architecture

SOA enables an enterprise to increase the loose coupling and the reuse of frequently used software assets.

 
23.09.2005

SW :   Semantic Mapping, Because a Keyword Isn’t Good Enough

So you’ve built a webpage and pulled it to the top of Google. You may not want to hear it, but that might not be enough. Optimizing for search engines means far more than simply getting a high ranking; it means getting people from search results to your site.

SW search:   The Mining of the Invisible Web

Yahoo, Google, and other search companies have estimated there are between 8 and 20 billion documents on the web. It isn't so. The truth is that the web is home to more than 500 billion web based documents that have thus far been unreachable by today's crop of search engines.

 
22.09.2005

SW and Web 2.0 :   Scruffies versus Neats: There are Two SemWebs, Not One!

" I've always thought of the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 as somehow connected or related. Apparently t here isn't one Semantic Web, there are two of them. There is the scruffy Semantic Web, and there is the neat Semantic Web." Read on ...

 
19.09.2005

SWS :   Cerebra to Demonstrate Automated Semantic Web Services at Oracle OpenWorld

Cerebra Inc., a provider of standards-based semantic technology products, will demonstrate the newly released Cerebra Suite version 4.1 at Oracle OpenWorld at San Francisco's Moscone Center September 19 - 22.

WS broker:  An 'eBay' of Web services

There is an emerging idea of building an ecosystem, which potentially could foster a new class of service publishers - sort of an eBay for WS.

WS, SOA :  Cutting Through the Hype -Where Web Services and SOA Are Really Working

Are web servicesreally improving ROI for most businesses? And where exactly does service-oriented architecture fit into the many complex workflows of manufacturing?

 
16.09.2005

WS :   Web services aren’t just for application integration anymore

Platform and programming language independence, coupled with industry momentum, has made Web services the technology of choice for most enterprise integration projects. Their close relationship with SOA (service-oriented architecture) has also helped them gain mindshare.

 
15.09.2005

WS & SOA :   IBM Embraces SOA / Web Services...In a Bear-Hug

IBM Global Services turns out to be the secret ingredient of Blue's software portfolio "realignment." To model SOAs, IBM is offering WebSphere Business Modeler and to help clients deploy SOAs, IBM is announcing WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

SW taxonomy :   Folksonomy Extends Geospatial Taxonomy

FGDC has developed a Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). The standard provides a common set of terminology and definitions for the documentation of digital geospatial data.

 
14.09.2005

SW ontologies :  Ontologies for e-business

OBELIX is the first ontology-based e-business system of its kind in the world to provide smart, scaleable integration and interoperability capabilities,”  says EC project OBELIX coordinator Iñaki Laresgoiti.

WS standards The WSDM in SOA

Five major players including IBM, HP, Tibco, Hitachi and DataPower are attempting to demonstrate how different Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) specifications can interoperate. Using a weather station service management scenario at the Enterprise Management World conference the interoperability demonstration will use WSDM to perform real-time management inside a SOA.

 
13.09.2005

SOA standards  SSO -The Holy Grail Of  SOA

The reasons to strive for Single Sign-On (SSO) are overwhelming. For productivity reasons, enterprises would love to give their employees access to all the applications they use during the day from a single login. SAML 2.0 is important because it represents the coming together of two important SSO standards efforts.

 
12.09.2005

WS decade   2000-2010 is the decade of web services according to Software AG

The period 2000-2010 is the decade of web services as globalization and the internet complement the implementation of service-oriented architecture (SOA), according to Gustavo Fandiño, Mexico and Latin America director of German software developer Software AG .

Web 2  Can Microsoft Out-Google Google?

As part of its new "Web platform" strategy, Microsoft will expose application programming interfaces, or APIs, for MSN Search using SOAP. Third party applications will be able to access up to 10,000 search results per day.

 
09.09.2005

WS in Gov  New York State DEC Exchanges Data Via Web Services

In 2002, the U.S. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) took part in a new way of exchanging data with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other states. DEC installed a java-based application delivery infrastructure based on IBM WebSphere, and developed a secure information exchange with EPA using web services technology.

 
08.09.2005

SW school:    Semantic Web School in Vienna

Partners include Österreichische Nationalbibliothek(AT), DFKI (DE), Ontoprise (DE), Fraunhofer FIRST (DE), DERI (AT), and more.

SW   Semantic Rails, Semantic Django: Pushing RDF into MVC

The new wave of web frameworks, which usefully encompass web apps and web services, are what I like to call Kitchen Sink MVC ('model-viewer-controlled') frameworks, says Kendal Clark in this article.

SW interview:  A Beautiful, Networked World?

An(other) interview with Tim Berners-Lee.

 
07.09.2005

SW seminar   Principles and Practices of Semantic Web Reasoning

A workshop entitled ‘Principles and Practice of Semantic Web Reasoning’ will take place from 11–16 September in Dagstuhl, Germany. The seminar is supported by the IST REWERSE  project.  (see the DIP Events page.)

 
06.09.2005

WS test tool   Parasoft renames web services testing tool to SOA Test

When SOAPtest was originally released it primarily supported the testing of Web Services implemented with SOAP and/or WSDL. Today the product supports the many messaging and transport protocols being utilized in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) implementations.

WS search  SIS embeds Google search capabilities into digital mapping/GIS suite

Cadcorp, the digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer, has announced that the next version of its Spatial Information System (SIS) will incorporate Web searching facilities from Google. Cadcorp SIS users will therefore be able to quickly access and retrieve relevant OGC Web Services, thereby maximising interoperability and data sharing between and within organisations.

 
05.09.2005

SW in action Explore the Semantic Web using Piggy Bank

Do you want to know what RDF and the Semantic Web are about? You can explore both via a Java-powered Firefox extension developed by MIT's SIMILE project, using Piggy Bank. A paper titled Piggy Bank: Experience the Semantic Web Inside Your Web Browser [2.4MB, PDF] by David Huynh, Stefano Mazzocchi, and David Karger has been submitted to the forthcoming ISWC 2005 Conference.

WS : Open Source to Shake Up Web Services

According to Gartner, the Synapse project unveiled by Sri Lankan start-up WS02 offers further evidence that open-source technology will have a "massive impact" on application integration.

 
02.09.2005

SW vision Web inventor -Online life will produce more creative children

(CNN.com interview with Berners-Lee) Since he invented it more than 15 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee has watched the Web change the way the world communicates, works and learns.

WS application StrikeIron OnDemand SOA Web Services for Microsoft Excel

There was a time when the term "spreadsheet" simply meant columns of data that were summed up. Excel has evolved into a much more powerful tool. Business administrators can use Excel to automate many of their daily tasks, where they used to require the IT department to develop a database and application.

 
01.09.2005

SW critiqueIt’s not Google...

It is becoming popular today to poo-pooh the Semantic Web and instead bask in the glory of Google. A recent interviewer asks Tim Berners-Lee directly, “why do I need the Semantic Web? I have Google!” .

 
 
31.08.2005

SW browser BigBlogZoo - "World's First Semantic Web Browser"

Imagine if you crossed a browser with a television, and added a thriving communitry, what would you get? The BigBlogZoo. The Zoo is a collection of nearly 80,000 Categorised Newsfeeds and Blog ("Channels").

WS open source Open-Source Project Aims At Middleware

The Apache Software Foundation last week launched its Synapse initiative, an open-source effort that seeks to produce a common, standardized way to broker services on a network. If successful, it has the potential to challenge several commercial products, such as IBM's WebSphereMQ, Tibco Software's Rendezvous, and webMethods' Fabric.

 
30.08.2005

WS-I poll Cast Your Vote On The WS-I

How important is the work of the Web Services Interoperability Organization? Vote now on this poll carried out by SOAPipeline.

 
29.08.2005

SW markup Why Your Site Should Be Developed With CSS And Semantic Markup

CSS and semantic web design has several benefits: clarity in code, browser and other web-enabled devices compatibility, seperation of content and presentation, smaller burden on bandwith, and better visibility to search engines.

 
26.08.2005

SW in business Enterprise Architecture - The Role of Semantics in Business

" I truly believe that semantics are the future of integration. It is one of the least understood areas of computing, but for those that have harnessed its power, it has yielded great returns and continues to do so. " (From a column published by DMReview.com)

 
26.09.2005

WS progress :   Why the "Web Services" Takeover of the World Will Continue

Credit for coining (or first using) the term belongs to Philip Greenspun, the now-retired computer scientist who was a pioneer in developing online communities."I might have coined the term but not with its current meaning," he says.

SOA:   Demystifying SOA - Myths About SOA Web Services Architecture

SOA enables an enterprise to increase the loose coupling and the reuse of frequently used software assets.

 
23.09.2005

SW :   Semantic Mapping, Because a Keyword Isn’t Good Enough

So you’ve built a webpage and pulled it to the top of Google. You may not want to hear it, but that might not be enough. Optimizing for search engines means far more than simply getting a high ranking; it means getting people from search results to your site.

SW search:   The Mining of the Invisible Web

Yahoo, Google, and other search companies have estimated there are between 8 and 20 billion documents on the web. It isn't so. The truth is that the web is home to more than 500 billion web based documents that have thus far been unreachable by today's crop of search engines.

 
22.09.2005

SW and Web 2.0 :   Scruffies versus Neats: There are Two SemWebs, Not One!

" I've always thought of the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 as somehow connected or related. Apparently t here isn't one Semantic Web, there are two of them. There is the scruffy Semantic Web, and there is the neat Semantic Web." Read on ...

 
19.09.2005

SWS :   Cerebra to Demonstrate Automated Semantic Web Services at Oracle OpenWorld

Cerebra Inc., a provider of standards-based semantic technology products, will demonstrate the newly released Cerebra Suite version 4.1 at Oracle OpenWorld at San Francisco's Moscone Center September 19 - 22.

WS broker:  An 'eBay' of Web services

There is an emerging idea of building an ecosystem, which potentially could foster a new class of service publishers - sort of an eBay for WS.

WS, SOA :  Cutting Through the Hype -Where Web Services and SOA Are Really Working

Are web servicesreally improving ROI for most businesses? And where exactly does service-oriented architecture fit into the many complex workflows of manufacturing?

 
16.09.2005

WS :   Web services aren’t just for application integration anymore

Platform and programming language independence, coupled with industry momentum, has made Web services the technology of choice for most enterprise integration projects. Their close relationship with SOA (service-oriented architecture) has also helped them gain mindshare.

 
15.09.2005

WS & SOA :   IBM Embraces SOA / Web Services...In a Bear-Hug

IBM Global Services turns out to be the secret ingredient of Blue's software portfolio "realignment." To model SOAs, IBM is offering WebSphere Business Modeler and to help clients deploy SOAs, IBM is announcing WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

SW taxonomy :   Folksonomy Extends Geospatial Taxonomy

FGDC has developed a Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). The standard provides a common set of terminology and definitions for the documentation of digital geospatial data.

 
14.09.2005

SW ontologies :  Ontologies for e-business

OBELIX is the first ontology-based e-business system of its kind in the world to provide smart, scaleable integration and interoperability capabilities,”  says EC project OBELIX coordinator Iñaki Laresgoiti.

WS standards The WSDM in SOA

Five major players including IBM, HP, Tibco, Hitachi and DataPower are attempting to demonstrate how different Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) specifications can interoperate. Using a weather station service management scenario at the Enterprise Management World conference the interoperability demonstration will use WSDM to perform real-time management inside a SOA.

 
13.09.2005

SOA standards  SSO -The Holy Grail Of  SOA

The reasons to strive for Single Sign-On (SSO) are overwhelming. For productivity reasons, enterprises would love to give their employees access to all the applications they use during the day from a single login. SAML 2.0 is important because it represents the coming together of two important SSO standards efforts.

 
12.09.2005

WS decade   2000-2010 is the decade of web services according to Software AG

The period 2000-2010 is the decade of web services as globalization and the internet complement the implementation of service-oriented architecture (SOA), according to Gustavo Fandiño, Mexico and Latin America director of German software developer Software AG .

Web 2  Can Microsoft Out-Google Google?

As part of its new "Web platform" strategy, Microsoft will expose application programming interfaces, or APIs, for MSN Search using SOAP. Third party applications will be able to access up to 10,000 search results per day.

 
09.09.2005

WS in Gov  New York State DEC Exchanges Data Via Web Services

In 2002, the U.S. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) took part in a new way of exchanging data with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other states. DEC installed a java-based application delivery infrastructure based on IBM WebSphere, and developed a secure information exchange with EPA using web services technology.

 
08.09.2005

SW school:    Semantic Web School in Vienna

Partners include Österreichische Nationalbibliothek(AT), DFKI (DE), Ontoprise (DE), Fraunhofer FIRST (DE), DERI (AT), and more.

SW   Semantic Rails, Semantic Django: Pushing RDF into MVC

The new wave of web frameworks, which usefully encompass web apps and web services, are what I like to call Kitchen Sink MVC ('model-viewer-controlled') frameworks, says Kendal Clark in this article.

SW interview:  A Beautiful, Networked World?

An(other) interview with Tim Berners-Lee.

 
07.09.2005

SW seminar   Principles and Practices of Semantic Web Reasoning

A workshop entitled ‘Principles and Practice of Semantic Web Reasoning’ will take place from 11–16 September in Dagstuhl, Germany. The seminar is supported by the IST REWERSE  project.  (see the DIP Events page.)

 
06.09.2005

WS test tool   Parasoft renames web services testing tool to SOA Test

When SOAPtest was originally released it primarily supported the testing of Web Services implemented with SOAP and/or WSDL. Today the product supports the many messaging and transport protocols being utilized in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) implementations.

WS search  SIS embeds Google search capabilities into digital mapping/GIS suite

Cadcorp, the digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer, has announced that the next version of its Spatial Information System (SIS) will incorporate Web searching facilities from Google. Cadcorp SIS users will therefore be able to quickly access and retrieve relevant OGC Web Services, thereby maximising interoperability and data sharing between and within organisations.

 
05.09.2005

SW in action Explore the Semantic Web using Piggy Bank

Do you want to know what RDF and the Semantic Web are about? You can explore both via a Java-powered Firefox extension developed by MIT's SIMILE project, using Piggy Bank. A paper titled Piggy Bank: Experience the Semantic Web Inside Your Web Browser [2.4MB, PDF] by David Huynh, Stefano Mazzocchi, and David Karger has been submitted to the forthcoming ISWC 2005 Conference.

WS : Open Source to Shake Up Web Services

According to Gartner, the Synapse project unveiled by Sri Lankan start-up WS02 offers further evidence that open-source technology will have a "massive impact" on application integration.

 
02.09.2005

SW vision Web inventor -Online life will produce more creative children

(CNN.com interview with Berners-Lee) Since he invented it more than 15 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee has watched the Web change the way the world communicates, works and learns.

WS application StrikeIron OnDemand SOA Web Services for Microsoft Excel

There was a time when the term "spreadsheet" simply meant columns of data that were summed up. Excel has evolved into a much more powerful tool. Business administrators can use Excel to automate many of their daily tasks, where they used to require the IT department to develop a database and application.

 
01.09.2005

SW critiqueIt’s not Google...

It is becoming popular today to poo-pooh the Semantic Web and instead bask in the glory of Google. A recent interviewer asks Tim Berners-Lee directly, “why do I need the Semantic Web? I have Google!” .

 
31.08.2005

SW browser BigBlogZoo - "World's First Semantic Web Browser"

Imagine if you crossed a browser with a television, and added a thriving communitry, what would you get? The BigBlogZoo. The Zoo is a collection of nearly 80,000 Categorised Newsfeeds and Blog ("Channels").

WS open source Open-Source Project Aims At Middleware

The Apache Software Foundation last week launched its Synapse initiative, an open-source effort that seeks to produce a common, standardized way to broker services on a network. If successful, it has the potential to challenge several commercial products, such as IBM's WebSphereMQ, Tibco Software's Rendezvous, and webMethods' Fabric.

 
30.08.2005

WS-I poll Cast Your Vote On The WS-I

How important is the work of the Web Services Interoperability Organization? Vote now on this poll carried out by SOAPipeline.

 
29.08.2005

SW markup Why Your Site Should Be Developed With CSS And Semantic Markup

CSS and semantic web design has several benefits: clarity in code, browser and other web-enabled devices compatibility, seperation of content and presentation, smaller burden on bandwith, and better visibility to search engines.

 
26.08.2005

SW in business Enterprise Architecture - The Role of Semantics in Business

" I truly believe that semantics are the future of integration. It is one of the least understood areas of computing, but for those that have harnessed its power, it has yielded great returns and continues to do so. " (From a column published by DMReview.com)

 
25.08.2005

WS tools Legacy-enablement – Web services tools ease the pain

Companies are increasingly turning to Web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA) as a way to get mainframes to talk to the entire enterprise, which is built on newer technology and applications which mainframes typically can't run. .

 
24.08.2005

WS takes over Sabre Replacing EDI With Web Services

Sabre Holdings Corp. has launched a project to replace its electronic data interchange (EDI) system for connecting to airlines, hotels and other suppliers with Web-services-based integration.

WS mediation Synapse to provide open source Web services mediation

A proposal to create an open source Web service mediation framework has been submitted to the Apache Software Foundation "incubator" under the Web Services project. The "Synapse" framework is intended to intermediate between Web services to provide transformation and routing, promote loose coupling between services, and support greater reliability and resiliency. .

 
23.08.2005

InterviewWhat's Next For Web Services?

We're at an inflection point when it comes to Web services, insists Sandra Rogers, program director for service-oriented architecture (SOA), Web services, and integration research at IDC.

WS standards An Extensive Examination Of Web Services - WSE Standards

This is Part 8 of a series of articles examining the various standards supporting current Web Services. The index to the full set of articles is available here.

 
22.08.2005

SOAs New IBM WebSphere Software Supports SOAs, Grid, Autonomics

IBM has announced WebSphere Extended Deployment Version 6.0, which supports mixed workload and server types, that delivers business value through effective use of an existing IT infrastructure.

ESB open source Enterprise Service Bus Effort Under Apache Incubation

The Apache Software Foundation is reportedly incubating a web services broker/ Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) project called Synapse. The new effort aims to provide an open source implementation that will challenge existing commercial implementations that are based on proprietary protocols .

 
19.08.2005

WS & XML eXtreme Content: Web Services Break Down Content Silos

By employing Web services and XML, companies can efficiently deliver content internally, to external customers, corporate executives and other constituents. Financial services firms have been using XML and Web services much longer than other industries for this reason.

 
18.08.2005

WS standards Web Services Addressing Becomes a W3C Candidate Recommendation

W3Chas announced the advancement of Web Services Addressing - Core and its SOAP Binding to Candidate Recommendation. The core specification defines properties that allow uniform addressing of Web services.

 
17.08.2005

WS standards Liberty Alliance Announces First Companies To Pass SAML 2.0 Testing

The Liberty Alliance Project, a consortium for open federated identity standards and identity-based Web services, has announced that products from eight companies successfully completed testing at Liberty's recent interoperability conformance event demonstrating conformance with Liberty's Identity Web Services (1.1) and SAML 2.0 OASIS Standard specifications.

WS standards IONA Lends Expertise to Web Services Transactions Specifications

-IONA Technologies has announced publication of the WS-AtomicTransaction, WS-BusinessActivity and WS-Coordination specifications. IONA, along with Arjuna, Hitachi, IBM and Microsoft contributed to the drafting of the updated specifications, which are available immediately .

SW search Academia's quest for the ultimate search tool

The University of California at Berkeley is creating an interdisciplinary center for advanced search technologies and is in talks with search giants including Google to join the project .

 
16.08.2005

WS integration Elleipsis to Launch Integrated Travel Services Solution

Elleipsis Inc has announced that Web Services product Traveltalk(TM) will allow its customers to access an expanded roster of travel suppliers such as low-cost carriers, cruise lines, and widened hotel distribution channels all through one single, easy-to-use platform.

 
15.08.2005

SW Active Metadata (or Forget what you thought you knew about metadata)

The core notion of the Semantic Web is that individual pieces of data (RDF Triples) can be sorted on-demand based in the proper context of what you, or a machine, is looking for.

WS integration:  EasyLink Introduces Web Services Integration Tools

Easylink's tools offer an application programming interface (API) incorporating the latest standards for Internet-based application integration. These standards use Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) and " have emerged as a favored approach among corporations" .

 
12.08.2005

WS marketing StrikeIron building a Web services marketplace

Web Services Business Network (WSBizNet) is a subscription-based online marketplace of commercial Web services, serving both publishers and consumers of Web services. The company has recently added Global SMS messaging to its suite of communications Web services.

 
11.08.2005

WS analysis Web services will change, not kill apps, says Forrester

Forrester dissmisses the notion that service-oriented architecture (SOA), by eroding the boundaries between applications, will make applicationsas we know them obsolete.

Interview Berners-Lee on the read/write web

In this interview with the BBC's Newsnight programme, Berners-Lee tells Mark Lawson how blogging is closer to his original idea about a read/write web.

 
10.08.2005

WS security Oracle simplifies Architecture & Web Services security

Oracle has announced the industry’s first integrated, standards-based business process platform that simplifies the security of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and Web services.

 
09.08.2005

WS Patent Amazon files for Web services patent

Amazon, in its latest patent application which was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is seeking to patent its idea for creating a marketplace where third-party Web services providers can link up with consumers.

WS vs call centres:  Can web based call services replace call centres?

Statistics are emerging which point to the high costs of call centres; they can be up to 13 times more expensive compared to web self-service. Does this signal the beginning of the end of Call Centres?

 
08.08.2005

WS App GIS Web Services and Microsoft Word

The article describes a GIS application that lets you embed a map into a Microsoft Word document simply by highlighting an address in the text.

Interview A New Vision From the Inventor of the World Wide Web: An Interview With Tim Berners-Lee

"Our work in promoting rather than developing the Semantic Web technologies has been like 'déjà vu all over again'  for me " says Berners-Lee.

 
05.08.2005

Semantic search Yahoo's new search master

That future technology, according to Prabhakar Raghavan, the new head of Yahoo’s research group , is diving into the “deep Web” and semi-structured queries. "I hesitate to use the buzzword of 'Semantic Web'– but it is about entity extraction, XML queries, unstructured queries, semantic ambiguity. .

SOA IBM WebSphere Portal Brings SOA Integration to Big Iron

IBM has announced that its latest version of WebSphere Portal, designed for SOA support, will run on its zSeries and iSeries platforms.

SOA Web Services Automatically Leads to SOA: Tornado in a Junkyard?

The great astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle once observed that it's unlikely that a tornado passing through a junkyard would ever assemble a 747. The same holds true for Web services gelling into SOAs, observes Joe McKendrick.

 
29.07.2005

WSSOA, Web services better health services

An increasing number of health care organisations are using Web services and service-oriented architectures to make critical connections in their information systems.

WSAmazon files for Web services patent

The patent application, filed last year and published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, marks the online retailing giant's latest attempt to make inroads into consumers' wallets.

 
28.07.2005

SW appsComputers graduate in education

Computers will increasingly behave like real teachers thanks to Diogene, a recently completed EU project that uses metadata and ontologies to choose course materials appropriate to the topic and the student.

 
27.07.2005

SOADataPower, IBM strive for SOA self-management

DataPower Technology Inc. has taken a major step toward bringing XML edge devices into harmony with the traditional network and IT management realm, achieving integration and interoperability of its XS40 XML Security Gateway with IBM's Autonomic Computing environment.

SOABEA smartens Tuxedo with focus now on SOA

BEA has begun shipping Tuxedo 9.0, the latest version of the company's software product for high transaction processing, which now focuses strongly on service-oriented architecture (SOA).

 
26.07.2005

WS take-upWeb Services Mature, See More B2B Transaction Use

Buoyed by improved technology and maturing standards, many IT operations are ramping up efforts to extend the use of Web services from application integration projects to ones involving business-to-business transactions.

WS toolsBEA and Mobius tools promote trend for SOAs

Firms developing service-oriented architectures (SOAs) were given new options in July when middleware giant BEA and content management specialist Mobius launched enhanced tools for web services.

 
25.07.2005

WS take-up Web services chugging along

Although the vendors backing Web services are confident they are properly addressing any kinks, Web services remains hobbled by issues such as standardization and WSDL complexity.

 
22.07.2005

SW apps Fujitsu software tackles enterprise information

Fujitsu is developing two applications that could help enterprises make better use of their data and better handle information flowing into the company.

 
21.07.2005

WS standards Big guns back web services standards

Businesses should begin to look seriously at deploying web services because security and standardisation issues are being rapidly resolved, allowing products based on the technologies to enter the corporate mainstream.

 
20.07.2005

WS specs Web Services Specs Meet Open Source

As the Apache Software Foundation, Microsoft Corp. and IBM sort out licensing issues around making the WS-Security specification open-source-friendly, the issue becomes something of a precedent for how Web services specifications will evolve in the open-source world.

Metadata management Unicorn Positioned in Visionary Quadrant for Metadata Repositories by Leading Analyst Firm

DIP project partner Unicorn Solutions has announced that it is positioned in the Visionary Quadrant in Gartner Inc.'s 2H05 to 1H06 Magic Quadrant for Metadata Repositories.

WS security Web Services Security Made Easy

Oracle is simplifying the process of building and managing secure Web-services software by making its business-process manager and Web-services-management products work together.

 
19.07.2005

Ontology tools Ontology Ranking based on the Analysis of Concept Structures

In view of the need to provide tools to facilitate the reuse of existing knowledge structures such as ontologies, Harith Alani and Christopher Brewster from the University of Southampton School of Electronics and Computer Science present a paper describing a system for the ranking of ontologies.

SW apps In support of PubChem: towards open chemical information

A commentary article published in the Open Access journal BMC Bioinformatics argues that it is time chemistry followed in the footsteps of bioinformatics and structural biology and moved towards the creation of an open semantic web facilitating access to chemical information.

WS security Web services security getting greater scrutiny

As service-oriented architectures fundamentally rework the way applications behave, it is forcing a rapid evolution of the way applications get secured in order to convince would-be adopters that change will not be accompanied by chaos.

 
18.07.2005

WS apps Web services take differing paths on maps

Yahoo, Google and Microsoft are creating the services in the expectation that they will become a focal point in one of the next significant growth areas in Internet advertising: contextual advertisements tied to specific locations.

WS markets IDC: Web Services Consumption to Hit Stride

Web services software has evolved from a state of creation to more rampant consumption, according to an IDC report, which expects the market to hit about $15 billion by 2009.

WS security IBM, Microsoft develop Web services security protocol

In September, the pair will submit WS-Trust, WS-SecureConversation and WS-SecurityPolicy to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), which will create a technical committee to develop the specifications into a standard.

 
13.07.2005

SW ICRA moves toward semantics for protection

The Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA), the body responsible for web content labelling has adopted the principles and standards of the Semantic Web, using RDF as the base for the new standard.

 
12.07.2005

SOA Well on Our Way to SOA? Still Much To Do

"We're actually only about a third of the way to realizing true SOA-enabled enterprise agility, although SAP will be among the first to make it possible. " says Lutz Heuser, VP of corporate research and chief development architect of SAP.

 
11.07.2005

WS Sun Opens More Java Code

Based on the latest Java Platform, Java System Application Server Platform Edition 9.0 eases development and enables greater support for Web services and service orientated architectures.

 
08.07.2005

WS HP, IBM, CA lay out web services management roadmap

The three sponsors of the recently approved WSDM (Web Services Distributed Management) Oasis specification have presented a roadmap this week before a meeting of the Global Grid Forum (GGF) in Chicago.

SOA HP Launches SOA Services, Centers

HP is expanding its consulting services to include service oriented architectures (SOA). SOAs are increasingly popular methods of distributed computing which are used as a base for Web services and ensure machine communication among applications.

WS Enabling government Web services

" It is simply unacceptable at this point in history that a citizen can use web services to track the movies he is renting, ... the books he's recently purchased but cannot as easily monitor data regarding the quality of his drinking water, legislation or regulations that will directly impact his work or personal life"

 
07.07.2005

SW & Web 2.0 Grokster Decision Leads to Web 2.0?

"...the semantic Web project is in its fourth year and shows no signs of disturbing the huge growth of the WWW as we know it. "

WS Sun And Oracle Team Up To Enhance Enterprise JavaBeans

Sun Microsystems is building out the Java language's support structure to make it a better platform for implementing both business-process and Web-services applications. The two companies are working together on the reference implementation of Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0, which will be part of Java Enterprise Edition 5.0.

 
06.07.2005

SWS DIP project makes pitch to W3C standards body

A major step towards establishing Semantic Web services as the new e-work and e-commerce infrastructure has been made by a group of European researchers following the submission of a new framework to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C).

SW search Searching for the Perfect Search

What are the trends that will impact future geospatial search technology? Extending the Web with information that gives it well defined meaning is the idea of the Semantic Web.

 
05.07.2005

SOA IBM Opens SOA Know-How To Partners

IBM has traditionally kept its know-how to itself.  However, now it appears it is changing that dynamic. The company recently announced said it will weave in offerings from IGS, Tivoli, Rational and the IBM Software Group to deliver best practices, support, software and go-to-market activities for ISV and systems integrator partners of all sizes.

 
04.07.2005

WS People power drives new Web services

From photo- and calendar-sharing services to online games, desktop movies, "citizen journalist" sites and free encyclopedias, the Internet is transforming yet again, with a remarkable array of peer-to-peer software systems that make it easy to share anything digital instantly.

WS Sun to publish Web services software source code

The company said that it would share the source code for its Java System application server software Platform Edition 9, which enables Web services.

SW search Gates calls for better search technology

Bill Gates, speaking at an IT conference in Singapore, said " there is still room for improvements in search engines and the Internet".

 
01.07.2005

SOA tools Sun outlines open source tools plans, IBM truce

Sun has announced the open source Java System Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), which is based on the Java Business Integration (JBI) 1.0 specification. Both play a key role in Sun's strategy for enabling development of SOAs.

 
30.06.2005

SWSemantic Web The Revolutionary Insider Web Technology

"This is really significant, because up until now, the Web was developed as a medium for sharing content between people. The Semantic Web will allow for a huge amount of such content to be “processed” by computer agents, and software."

SW product RetrievalWare 8.1 discovers knowledge embedded within a sea of data

RetrievalWare 8.1 features semantic indexing, categorisation, classification, profiling, e-mail alerts, search, entity extraction and folder services. All utilise a single unified index, which enables these services to be combined in any order programmatically to support a broad array of discovery and text mining applications."

 
29.06.2005

WSJAVAONE -Java to get Web services, XML upgrade

Sun Microsystems officials have presented road maps for the Java programming language, providing details on planned improvements such as boosts for Web services and XML.

WSWeb Services: Hype or True Value?

It isn't hype, but only full Web services, those offering a common interface for all systems and applications, can make the potential of Web services a reality, concludes this article aimed at the insurance sector.

 
27.06.2005

SW:  Introducing SKOS

SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System), recently introduced by the W3C, is a model for expressing knowledge organization systems in a machine-understandable way, within the framework of the Semantic Web .

WS Mobile Devices – The future of Web services? (part 2, registration required)

As phones become true computers, and as security issues get hammered out, mobile phones will increasingly be targeted for Web services development, allowing businesses to develop applications that will enable them to sell directly to a massive audience.

 
24.06.2005

SOA SOA ready for the masses? A survey

When asked if they [476 'SOA Gurus'] felt that SOA had provided distinct benefits to them, only four respondents (less than one per cent) felt it didn’t. From the other 99+ per cent, we got pretty unambiguous declarations of benefits across a range of areas – streamlining development and maintenance, reducing integration time and overhead, and generally enabling IT to help the business through better responsiveness.

WS Compare Web Service and XML Performance With Tools from Sun and Microsoft

WSTest is a Web service benchmark created by Sun Microsystems and augmented by Microsoft. The benchmark tests various Web service operations across varying SOAP object sizes. .

 
22.06.2005

SOA Sun Releases Beta of Web Services Registry

Sun Microsystems has released an early developer beta of a repository/registry designed to help users locate and reuse Web services. The Sun Service Registry combines an integrated repository for storing the metadata accumulated around Web services with services lifecycle management capabilities.

SWS week DERI in the Limelight on Austrian Radio

During the Semantic Web Services Week in Innsbruck (6 -10 June 2005) two Radio programmes featured short interviews with Prof. Dieter Fensel, Director of DERI. Transcripts and audio files of  these interviews (in German) can be found in the Press Room. The interviews were with Life Radio Tirol (8 June) and Radio Österreich 1 (9 June).

 
20.06.2005

SOA Sun readies SOA Web services registry

The combined registry-repository offering supports the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) 3.0 and ebXML Registry 3.0 specifications and is intended to provide governance for service-oriented architectures (SOAs).

EU R&D Europeans want more money for research

In a recetly published 'eurobarometer' report Europeans, Science and Technology  by the EC's Directorate General Research, 71 per cent of EU citizens agree that collaborative research at EU level is growing in importance and 59 per cent consider that the EU should spend more money on scientific research..

WS Survey Web Services Authentication Still a Home-Grown Affair

According to Evans Data Corporation, authentication remains the biggest problem for Web services security .

 
17.06.2005

SW Semantic Web Interest Grows

Life science researchers are taking a closer look at the potential benefits of adopting Semantic Web technology to deal with their data handling and analysis challenges.

 
16.06.2005

SW tools Semantic Tools for Web Services

A set of Eclipse plug-ins for semantic matching and composition of Web services as part of the Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK) from IBM.

WS The case for document-centric Web services development

The article  proposes an alternative SOAP stack for Java, dubbed Alpine, which takes a more document-centric approach to Web services development. Rather than mapping between XML and custom Java classes, Alpine will provide access to SOAP messages using modern XML support libraries.

 
15.06.2005

SW search Crystal Semantics Patented Technology Helps Online Advertisers

A recent survey about internet searching by Crystal Semantics -a contextual online marketing company and developer of the patented Sense Engine Technology - uncovered that 46 per cent of users had encountered advertising that was 'bizarrely unrelated to their search.'

 
14.06.2005

WS A Web-Services Boom?

BEA System.'s AquaLogic middleware, unveiled last week, aims to provide a highly automated environment for creating service-oriented architectures that link applications within and between businesses using Web-services standards.

SOAWhat is service-oriented architecture?

This article introduces SOA, discusses why enterprises need SOA, what a service-oriented architecture is, and what comprises SOA infrastructure at the core, platform, and quality-of-services level. (2,000 words) .

 
13.06.2005

WS Mobile Devices – The future of Web services? (part 1, registration required)

As phones become true computers, and as security issues get hammered out, mobile phones will increasingly be targeted for Web services development, allowing businesses to develop applications that will enable them to sell directly to a massive audience.

 
10.06.2005

PRESS RELEASE  WSMO Targets W3C Semantic Web Activity

W3C has acknowledged receipt of the WSMO Working Group's Web Services Modelling Ontology  submission through its member's submission process. The PDF version of this Press Release can be found here. Also on Google News, Yahoo News and other sources.

 
09.06.2005

SWS:   World Wide Web Consortium Holds Workshop on Frameworks for Semantics in Web Services

Hosted by the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) Innsbruck and supported by EC's IST programme WS2 project, over 60 organizations are presenting papers which aim to identify areas of shared interest between Web services and Semantic Web communities.

SOA:   SOA do's and don'ts

A service-oriented architecture(SOA) is commonly acknowledged as the most cost-effective and efficient way to integrate disparate information systems together. Here are 5 "do's" and "don'ts" that best summarise the most important best practices that are emerging in this field.

 
07.06.2005

SWS :   Semantic Web Services Week at DERI Innsbruck

A series of week-long Semantic Web Services events is being organised by Digital Enterprise Research Institute of Innsbruck comprising: 2nd WSMO Implementation Workshop (WIW) ; Rule Language Group Meeting; and W3C Workshop on Frameworks for Semantics in Web Services . More info from the SWS Week pages.

SOA:  HP weaves SOA wares into OpenView

Hewlett-Packard plans to unwrap two new pieces of its OpenView lineup this week. The new software helps IT comply with government regulations and more effectively deliver services using an SOA.

WS Standard Autonomic computing just got a little wiser

OASIS has just approved a new standard -Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) 1.0. This article discusses the relationship and value that this new standard brings to autonomic computing technology.

 
06.06.2005

XML :   Microsoft Announces Adoption of XML for Default File Formats in 'Office 12'

MicroSoft Corporation has announced its plan to use XML schemas in the new "Microsoft Office Open XML Formats" for its next version of Microsoft Office editions, now referenced under the code-name "Office 12". Office 12 will use XML in its "default" file formats for Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which "are expected to be released in the second half of 2006." s.

SW :   Journal of Web Semantics - Special Issue on Semantic Grid

The Journal of Web Semantics is planning to publish a special issue devoted to the Semantic Grid (Guest Editors - York Sure, David De Roure) . Submissions are invited for the issue . More details available here.

 
03.06.2005

WS:   BEA bets on web services boom

An interview with Jim Rivera, director of technology at BEA Systems.

 
02.06.2005

SW:   The Metaphors of the Net

Even in its current, pre-semantic, hyperlink-dependent, phase, the Internet brings to mind Richard Dawkins' seminal work "The Selfish Gene" (OUP, 1976). This would be doubly true for the Semantic Web.

SW.com:  New company dedicated to Semantic Web

Sequence, a software company specializing in the creation of knowledge portals, and DistinctHorizon, creator of the document management software MxDoc, are joining forces to develop Web Semantic portals for the SME market.

 
31.05.2005

SW:   Semantic Web Is Getting Closer and Closer, Says Berners-Lee

At his keynote speech at the 13th annual WWW Conference, Berners-Lee told attendees that they could go straight out and "Semantic Web-enable" anything they can online - though "We're going to have to bootstrap things in the short term," he conceded.

 
30.05.2005

EU R&D :   Meeting of IST software technologies projects

A concertation meeting of IST software technologies projects is being organised by the EC on 12 July in Brussels. The event will build on the results of the launch event held on in November 2004 and to further stimulate collaboration activities between the projects in the Information Society’s software technologies unit. Projects will be invited to discuss topics including future directions for research e.g. in FP7.

 
29.05.2005

SW:   Using the Semantic Web to Enhance Search

"... we've taken many of our favorite web sites, scraped them, and put together a huge pile of RDF, which we'll let you download. We've used that RDF to create a search application, in the spirit of Google Q & A or Microsofts recently announced MSN Search extensions " .

 
27.05.2005

Semantic GRID:   The Future of the Semantic Grid

In his invited talk on The Semantic Grid: Past, Present and Future at the 2nd European Web Conference in Heraklion, Greece, on 1 June, Prof. David De Roure of the School of Electronics & Computer Science (ECS) Southampton will describe his vision of a large-scale, self-managing, collaborative Grid and the advances that are being made towards its realisation.

WS  Constructing Services with J2EE

J2EE has become a popular platform to deploy web services applications. And J2EE 1.4 has standardized building and deploying web services applications for the Java platform.

 
26.05.2005

WS come of age :  Less Web, more services?

A commentary on the recent blog by Jorgen Thelin, program manager for distributed systems standards at Microsoft, who recently proposed that we’ve crossed the threshold into what he calls the "Third Age of Web Services."

 
25.05.2005

SW Piggy Bank = The Semantic Web?

Piggy Bank is an extension to the Firefox web browser that extracts information from existing web pages and stores it in RDF. If a web page already links to RDF information, extraction simply means retrieving that information. Otherwise, Piggy Bank employs custom software code that untangles the 'pure' information from the web page's formatting.

WS standards Iona CTO wants greater web services standards visibility

IBM and Microsoft should make the WS- web services specifications authoring process more visible to vendors implementing them as well as potential contributors, says Iona CTO.

WS ID management Microsoft Moving From .Net Passport to InfoCard

Microsoft is throwing its weight into the work of unifying a growing patchwork of different identity management protocols for Web services.

 
24.05.2005

WS SAP Promises Software For A World That's Less 'Hard Wired'

SAP is on track with its effort to migrate its NetWeaver integration platform to a Web-services-based architecture, CEO Henning Kagermann said in his keynote speech at the company's Sapphire '05 user conference.

 
23.05.2005

WS eSigma Unveils Web Services Search Engine and Directory

eSigma.com, a Business Process Portal, officially announced the release of the world's first standards-based business process search engine and directory.

SW The Machine Readable Web

The vast majority of the Web is intended for human readers. The goal has been to create an online experience for human beings. It is an open and ever growing body of information.

Mobile WS Nokia pushes Web services on Symbian

Nokia plans to keep its mobile devices competing against Windows Mobile, by adding support for Web services to all Symbian smartphones by next year. Could this be the 'killer app' for WS?.

 
20.05.2005

SW : Berners-Lee seeks killer app for semantic web

The semantic web "will give scientists and other users unexpected help and serendipitous added value from others' data," Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), said at the Fourth Annual Bio-IT World Conference and Expo in Boston.

 
19.05.2005

WS standards : Politics hurting web services - Gartner

According to Gartner, the market analysis firm, vendor politics are clouding development of web services specifications and causing confusion and adding unnecessary complexity.

 
18.05.2005

WS Benchmark : Council Issues Benchmark For Web-Services Applications

A benchmark to measure the performance of Web applications was released Monday by the Transaction Processing Performance Council, the same industry group that developed the TPC relational database benchmarks. The 20-member council includes Advanced Micro Devices, BEA Systems, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, Sybase, Sun Microsystems, Teradata, and Unisys.

WS services: Sun launches services to drive Java sales

The initiative, called SOA Path, offers services meant to help corporate customers build a service-oriented architecture (SOA). See also other stories on this topic.

 
17.05.2005

Agents: AgentLink Roadmap Consultation Report

As part of its roadmapping activities, EC project AgentLink has produced a consultation report outlining the current status of agent technologies and indicating key directions for future development of the field. You can download the report here. Better still, help the roadmapping process by completing the questionnaire.

WS: Confronting the Reality of Web Services

Andrew P. McAfee argues that the benefits of Web services, in terms of data-sharing and communication exchanges, are not going to happen unless managers better integrate common standards.

WS interoperability: Microsoft and Sun play nicely

Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have outlined interoperability efforts designed to make their web services platforms more attractive. In announcing interoperability between the Sun-backed Liberty Alliance standards and the Microsoft-IBM-backed WS-* specs, the two [CEOs] managed to make it sound like they were aligning against IBM. (See also the Microsoft Press Release.)

WS standards: Converging federation standards?

Key members of the federated identity specification and standards gangs—OASIS, Liberty Alliance and the IBM/Microsoft led WS-* –met at Digital ID World 2005 today to discuss their different approaches to deriving specifications and the possibility of convergence.

 
16.05.2005

WS app : GIS Web Services and Microsoft Word

A GIS application that lets you embed a map into a Microsoft Word document simply by highlighting an address in the text is an example of the convergence of several distinct technologies: GIS, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), web services, and word processing.

 
13.05.2005

WS Standards : IEEE creates services computing community

Using the umbrella phrase 'services computing' the IEEE has announced the IEEE Services Computing Community. Within the context of the newly created community, IEEE classifies services as Web services, service-oriented architectures (SOAs), business process integration, autonomic, grid and utility computing.

SOA : The Basque Government to Build e-Government Platform Based on a SOA

SOA designed by BEA will provide a unified and simple interface to help increase administrative process efficiency and facilitate interaction with the region’s business community  and citizens.

WS Standards : Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Version 2.0 SOAP 1.1 Binding

This is a W3C First Public Working Draft.

 
12.05.2005

EU RTD : Enhancing 3D design with semantics

An innovative 3D design system using semantic information has demonstrated its ability to overcome many of the drawbacks of existing Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programmes, speeding the work of designers and opening the door to an array of commercial applications.

EU RTD : Intelligent brokering on the Web

Powerful ‘throwaway’ applications are easily assembled over the Internet but until recently such Web services were just a distant vision. Soon intelligent brokers may assist them automatically configure distributed software components.

 
11.05.2005

Semantic search : Gates vs. Google - Search and Destroy

Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. A long but interesting article, touching on the 'search wars' and Next Gen search engines.

WS Standards : Web services specs seek common ground

OASIS, said the vendors behind the two reliable-messaging specifications have agreed to "advance development" within the standards body. The two groups - Web Services Reliability supported byOracle, Fujitsu and Hitachi Software and Web Services Reliable Exchange,led by IBM, Microsoft, BEA Systems and Tibco Software, have agreed to co-operate.

 
10.05.2005

SOA:  OASIS Forms SOA Committee

OASIS has announced that it has formed a new committee to develop guidelines for service-oriented architectures (SOAs). Members of the committee include Adobe Systems, Boeing, Fujitsu, General Motors, Infravio, SOA Software, and VISA. .

WS : Systinet upgrades Web services tool

Developer, which is Systinet's free tool for building Java-based Web services, promises to add governance capabilities by supporting the WS-I (Web Services Interoperability Organization) Basic Profile.

 
09.05.2005

WS Study :  Survey Reveals Web Services Are Fulfilling

Research and Markets has announced its latest report - 'Survey Reveals Web Services Are Fulfilling'. The report, completed in July 2004, shows that web services have fulfilled their promises of enhancing collaboration, reducing complexity, increasing revenue and reducing costs.

WS & SOA:  Web services standards can sometimes inhibit SOA development

"Standards are great if taken in moderation," says Jeffrey McManus, Director of the Yahoo Developer Network. He goes on to say that some problems tackled by Web service standards have proved to be unimportant, while other, more important needs are ignored

SOA:  Just what is an ESB, anyway? (Part II)

Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology has sparked a debate in the integration space. Players in the ESB arena agree this newfangled technology is critical in providing a mechanism for application integration in service-oriented architectures (SOAs). The original article can be viewed here.

 
06.05.2005

SOA:  Why Integration Systems Should Be Bought, Not Built

Products enabling the rapid adoption of Service Oriented Architectures make the case for buying, rather than building, integration software more compelling than ever before.

 
05.05.2005

SOA:  OASIS Forms Committee to Formulate SOA Reference Model

The new OASIS SOA Reference Model (SOA-RM) Technical Committee will promote the continued development of multiple SOAs and related standards by acting as a guide for those writing SOAs and an analysis of their functional components. .

WS patents :  Novell Acquires Valuable B2B, Web Services Patents

Novell has picked up 39 important business-to-business electronic commerce and Web services patents from bankrupt Commerce One.

SOA:  British Telecom dials into SOA

Telecom providers are competing tooth and nail to provide consumer and business customers with the latest and greatest value-added services.

 
04.05.2005

EU research :  Intelligent brokering on the Web

Powerful ‘throwaway’ applications are easily assembled over the Internet but until recently such Web services were just a distant vision. Soon intelligent brokers may assist them automatically configure distributed software components.

WS case study : Wachovia Rolls Out Web-Based Mortgage System

Wachovia Corp. has revealed that it has implemented a Web-based mortgage-lending system from Palisades Technology Partners that uses reusable business software components that can be deployed across customer and broker portals.

SW.com :  Network Inference now called Cerebra

Network Inference has changed its name to Cerebra to better identify itself with its bleeding-edge semantic technology suite.

 
03.05.2005

EU research :  New intelligent dictionary searches make sense

Electronic dictionaries have revolutionised how dictionary users’ search. The IST project BENEDICT is taking this a step further by introducing new innovative semantic tools that add meaning to searches.

SOA:  SOA Software Announces Web Services Management Support for Oracle BPEL

SOA Software (formerly Digital Evolution)  has announced the integration of SOA Software's Service Manager with Oracle BPEL Process Manager and related products.

SOA:  Web Services: A Realization of SOA

This chapter, excerpted from Web Services: A Realization of SOA (PDF)  focuses on Web services as a realization of the service-oriented platform and introduces the specifications that add to it.

 
02.05.2005

SW Techwatch : UK's TechWatch report makes sense of the Semantic Web

The report, produced by the UK's TechWatch service, explains where we currently are in the development of the Semantic Web and what the likely impact will be on education in areas such as information management and discovery tools, digital libraries, supporting Web-based interaction, and e-learning. Access the report here.

SOA programming :  The buzz about Apache Beehive

The Beehive project focuses on simplifying Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Web services programming by using a concept of annotations that is fast becoming a part of Java technology. Service-oriented architecture (SOA) development is also a major emphasis of this project. .

 
29.04.2005

Rule language: Business Rules Engines Within Enterprise Platforms

This article compares ILOG JRules as a quasi industry standard to the XML-based rule engine within BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, and also discusses the role of Java Specification Request (JSR) 94 for the integration of rule engines into a J2EE platform.

WS tools : Web Services Response Templates

Web Services Response Templates (WSRT) allows clients to program toward abstract data and service models, rather than directly to WSDL-specify interfaces, and then specify a subset of information in that model to be returned as the result of service invocation. .

WS security :  Oracle, SOA Software to Meld Web Services

SOA Software has arranged for Oracle's BPEL Process Manager to integrate with its Service Manager software, which allows administrators to protect Web services applications as they are shuttled across different enterprises. .

 
28.04.2005

WS security : XML viruses threaten Web services security

As XML traffic over the Internet increases, the threat of viruses, worms and malware is crossing over into the world of Web services.

SW workshop :  World Wide Web Consortium Holds Rule Languages Workshop

W3C has brought together over sixty industry and research organizations in a Washington, DC workshop geared at the development of a uniform Rule language - the next layer in the Semantic Web development stack. The event is hosted by ILOG (DIP partner) and supported by DARPA.

 
27.04.2005

WS:  The ROI of Web services and SOA (part 2 - registration required)

If your business wants to launch a Web services or service-oriented architecture (SOA) project these days, it's going to have to pay its own way. And that means, in most cases, it will need to show a measurable return on investment (ROI).

 
26.04.2005

Standard Terminology:  OASIS Approves First International Dictionary for UBL

The Universal Business Language (UBL) is on its way to becoming truer to its name. The English-only standard for XML business documents in B2B applications, approved last November by the OASIS standards consortium, has been translated into four new languages.

WS:  CoreSV brings simplicity to web services

CoreSV 4.0 from Oracle is a web services management platform that provides not just monitoring but also critical activities such as controlling access, logging transactions, and performing version control in an easy to install and understand package.

 
25.04.2005

WS Standards: Web services standards efforts controlled, says ex-BEA executive

Control of the standards by the large vendors has prevented Web services from enabling a Web that is far more able to mine, filter, and transform data than what is happening now, according to Bosworth, ex-BEA executive who is now a vice president at Google.

WS :  Survival Through Web Service

Experts agree that since Web services represents the future of business on the Internet, it therefore represents the future, from at least an infrastructure perspective, opportunity-wise for all service providers.

WS :  Hammering out Web services links

Verizon Communications, the NY-based telecommunications company, averages about 2.5 million to 3 million Web services transactions a day served by its mostly homegrown service-oriented architecture (SOA).

 
22.04.2005

SOA:  Systinet Simplifies SOA with 'Governance Interoperability Framework'

The Framework will make SOA simpler to manage, control and scale while also greatly improving the visibility and quality of SOA information. .

WS Standards:  Companies Demonstrate Interoperability of WS-Security OASIS Standard

Fourteen organizations, amogst which BEA Systems, DataPower, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Systinet and VeriSign - have joined together for the first time to demonstrate interoperability of the WS-Security OASIS Standard at the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit in Los Angeles.

 
18.04.2005

WS :  US's DOD aims to marshal its Web services

Two years after individual U.S. Department of Defense(DOD) agencies began developing Web services to integrate applications, the DOD is ramping up efforts to make hundreds of Web services available to end users throughout the military's operations .

SOA :  Business Impact Strategy

A major shift has been occurring over the last few months in the SOA adoption curve. "Business people" are now being tasked to understand the strategic business impact of SOA/Web Services in their organization, according to this blog report.

WS :  Web Services Still at an Impasse

Fifteen vendors with a common interest in distributed computing will show how they've been able to get the Web Services (WS) Security standard to work with each other's products next week, at Gartner's Application Integration and Web Services Summit.

 
15.04.2005

WS : SOA Software Named ''Cool Vendor'' by Leading Analyst Firm

SOA Software (formerly Digital Evolution), has announced that it has been named one of Gartner's "Cool Vendors in Web Services" in a March 2005 report that highlights four vendors in the Web services market.

 
14.04.2005

WS : Liberty Alliance strengthens ID-based web services

The Liberty Alliance has published its latest interface specifications which have been expanded to support presence, contact book and geo-location web services.

SOA :  SOAP isn't Dead

The recent garbage being posted about "SOAP being dead" is just that; it is garbage. It is agenda pushing in the hope of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. And I'm calling bullshit, declares this blog item.

 
13.04.2005

SW : OGC to Begin Geospatial Semantic Web Interoperability Experiment

Tthe Geospatial Semantic Web, where discovery, query, and consumption of geospatial content are based on formal semantic specification, will enable the meaning of geographic queries to be easily shared among different software systems and online services.

WS & SOA : The ROI of Web services and SOA ( part 1)

( Registration required - Free) This article looks at the return on investment (ROI) expected for organisations adopting WS.

Conference : W3C Presents at WWW2005 in Japan

The W3C will hold three special "State of the Art" (STAR) sessions as part of its track for the 14th Intl. World Wide Web Conference (WWW2005) on May 10-14, 2005, in Chiba, Japan .

WS : Web Services For Practical Users

The Liberty Alliance consortium, whose key members include Sun Microsystems, IBM and Intel,  has released blueprints to help software developers write secure, personalized Web services applications.

 
12.04.2005

SW and KM : TEMIS and Mondeca Announce Semantic Web Based Solutions for the Knowledge Management

TEMIS, a text mining provider, and Mondeca, a software vendor specializing in solutions for knowledge and content organization, have announced the conclusion of an alliance to provide "a system designed to manage knowledge bases or ontologies using the standards defined by the Semantic Web".

WS & SOA : Web Services and SOA In China

Ajit Sagar, founding editor of XML-Journal and editorial board member of JDJ,  reports direct from Beijing - where 2 days ago he gave a keynote at "Web Services China 2005" .

EU R&D: Monitoring Research Collaborations Using Semantic Web Technologies

This paper describes a set of applications to enable theUK research council (EPSRC) to examine the existence and nature of collaborations between researchers.

 
11.04.2005

EU RTD: European Commission unveils plans for FP7

The European Commission has unveiled its plans for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which has a planned duration of seven years (2007 to 2013), a budget of 73 billion euro and a structure based on four specific programmes: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities.

WS: OASIS WS-Security Standard to be Demo'ed at Gartner

Fifteen organizations will come together to demonstrate interoperability of the WS-Security OASIS Standard at the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit, on April 20, 2005.

WS: Service-oriented business transformation in the retail industry (Part 2)

Creating a service-based integration layer - the gospel, according to IBM.

SOA : SOA Software Introduces Registry-Based Web Services Dashboard

Through real-time alerts and live charts, SOA Software's registry-based dashboard is designed to improve enterprise customer's ability to discover, manage, and troubleshoot Web services.

 
08.04.2005

SOA: Oracle keeps on buying into SOA

Oracle may still be one acquisition short of a comprehensive SOA strategy after its takeover of Oblix last week.

WS specs : Understanding the Basic B2B Profile

The Web Services Interoperabiliy Organization (WS-I) has released its Basic Profile (see Resources) and is working on its Basic Security Profile. These profiles go a long way toward improving interoperability in many different scenarios.

 
07.04.2005

WS specs : HP donates WS management specs to Apache

To create more exposure and accelerate the adoption of Web services management standards, HP recently donated implementations of three related OASIS Web services management specifications to the Apache Software Foundation.

Future web : What will happen when the internet can't cope?

Computing magazine looks at planned initiatives to boost the infrastructure of the web when user traffic and application requirements push it to overload

 
06.04.2005

SOA:  IBM Announces New SOA Services

IBM's has announced a set of new asset-based services aimed at helping customers move to service-oriented architectures. The four new services include the IBM Business Enablement Services for Service-Oriented Architecture, which helps explain to customers how SOA can help them .

WS standards : Web Services Orchestration Waits for Standards Harmony

Standard Life, a financial services company with £100 billion under management, can now claim some 40% of its primary applications are part of an SOA. However, despite its embrace of SOA, what it still lacks is widespread adoption of Web services—and it doesn’t have any Web service orchestration in place at all.

 
05.04.2005

SW :  How Will Tags Color the Web?

Tags are being associated with text, images, and links with little or no oversight or structure. In true Web form, people are describing their photos and links with descriptive tags- being dubbed as 'folksonomies'. The result is, well, interesting.

WS:  Oracle Expanding ID Management Capabilities With Oblix Acquisition

Oracle will expand the identity-management capabilities of its software products using the Oblix system as an enterprise identity-management application that can work with any database, application server, or application suite, Oracle executives have announced.

 
04.04.2005

WS standards :  Last Call: Web Services Addressing

(31-March-2005) The Web Services Addressing Working Groupof W3C has released two Last Call Working Drafts. Web Services Addressing - Core enables messaging systems to support transmission through networks and SOAP Binding defines the core properties' association to SOAP messages.

SOA:  Discover the role of information management in SOA

Information management in Service-Oriented Architecture, Part 1, from IBM.

SOA app :  SOA’s Killer App Unveiled

A working b2b marketplace, fronted by an ultracustomisable application and based on SOA (service-oriented architecture), delivered through the browser, capable of automating the purchase of many everyday services, including shipping, conferencing, meals, entertainment, and even travel .

 
01.04.2005

WS via voice :  Providing Access to Web Services Via Voice

Gold Systems has added SOAP capabilities to Vonetix, providing access to Web Services via voice for self-service based businesses.

SOA :  SAP Launches Program For Building Service-Oriented Architectures

SAP AG has launched a program to help companies build service-oriented architectures, an evolution in distributed computing that leverages standards for connecting computer systems.

WS security :  Book Chapter: "Web Services Security"

Excerpted from Understanding SOA with Web Services, this chapter describes the various threats and challenges that need to be guarded against, summarizes the basic Web services security technologies and provides detail on some of the more important technologies and standards. Click here to read the chapterWeb Services Security (PDF) .

 
31.03.2005

EU R&D :  Laying the foundation for the next-generation Web

Thanks to the development of the infrastructure needed for the large-scale deployment of ontologies as the bedrock of the Semantic Web, that vision is much closer to reality.

WS :  HP Helps Seed Next Generation Of Web Services

Hewlett-Packard says Web services took a giant step forward earlier this month with the approval of Web Services Distributed Management 1.0 (WSDM) , which fills a hole that existing standards did not cover.

SW Application :  American Psychiatric Publishing Launches PsychiatryOnline

PsychiatryOnline is a next-generation web application, based on Silverchairs semantic Web platform, delivering the full content of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

 
30.03.2005

SW R&D :  How universities' intelligent web project unlocks the information that really counts

Prof. Nigel Shadbolt of Southampton University (UK) is leading an £8.8m (12.8 MEUR) semantic web research project involving five UK universities over six years, and work is advancing on several fronts covering the practicalities.

WS Specs : JSR 181, Simplified Web Services Development

Java Specification Request 181 (JSR 181) builds on the Java Language Metadata (JSR 175) technology and is designed to help provide an easy definition of Java Web services at the source-code level for the J2EE platform .

WS : Oracle Buys Oblix to Secure Web Services

The purchase will help Oracle better compete with IBM, Computer Associates and BMC Software, all of which make or use some sort of single sign-on to allow customers to access distributed computing applications .

 
29.03.2005

WS Markets:  IBM Creating Easy Access Web Services

IBM's new portfolio of accessibility tools is part of an agreement IBM has with San Francisco State University to create Web services that meet or exceed current standards for accessibility.

WS or not to WS? : Should you use web services in your own applications?

A very simple question - yet one that all application developers must ask. Thoughts and advice  from David Gristwood's weblog .

Service integration :  IONA Announces Next-Generation ESB

Designed for enterprises with demanding integration challenges, this upgrade of IONA's Artix  product enterprise service bus (ESB) enables extensibility with targeted plug-ins.

 
25.03.2005

WS Markets: Analysis and Predictions of Japan Web Services 2004-2008

This study, carried out by Research and Markets analyzes the performance of the Web service-related professional service market in Japan in 2003 and forecasts market size between 2003 and 2008.

WS Markets:  Enterprise Software Aids XML, Web Services and SOA Governance

Web services are supposed to work together to make life easier. Yet they only work well together if they're designed properly.

 
24.03.2005

WS:  Faster Web services on the horizon?

The W3C is getting closer to speeding up XML-based software, a move that could benefit everyone from mobile phone carriers to television broadcasters to the military.

WS:  An Extensive Examination Of Web Services (Part 5)

Article in WebProNews, by Scott Mitchell.

 
23.03.2005

WS:  Are Web services the future of supply chain computing?

Several leading warehouse management (WMS), manufacturing execution (MES) and transportation management (TMS) vendors are in the process of rewriting their solutions to play in this emerging space.

 
22.03.2005

WS:  Java 'Mustang' adds Web services horsepower

"We are upgrading our core XML support and adding Web services basic profile service. Much of this support already exists in J2EE [Java 2 Enterprise Edition], but we want to move this into the client platform such as J2SE 6.0," says Graham Hamilton, vice president and Java platform team member at Sun.

WS:  Enterprise Class Web Services: 8 Design Principles (Part 2 Of 2)

Part 1 of this series covered the first three design principles . Now for  the rest.

SOA:  Web services moves from theory to productivity driver

So why are IT managers with responsibility for mission-critical applications such as supply chains, manufacturing, financial trading and airport operations driving their teams toward an SOA-based future?

 
21.03.2005

WS :  Microsoft joins W3C choreography taskforce - then quits

The software giant had said that it would not participate in the W3C panel on web services choreography. But two executives reportedly attended a meeting held at Oracle's Californian headquarters earlier this month.

WS standards :  WSDM as a standard - the other side

To WSDM or not to WSDM ? The debate continues. This latest roundup of views is provided by <savas:weblog/>.

 
18.03.2005

Semantic web : Knowledge - The Essence of Meta Data

The semantic Web would really be nice, except for a few small problems. Are any of the 90 billion pages currently in existence going to convert to XML, RDF and other semantic technologies? And, are those people that wouldn't take the time to properly tag their content in simple metatag format, now going to try to figure out how ontology frameworks work?

WS standards :  Stop WSDM

At OASIS, they’re working on YAWSS (Yet Another Web-Services Spec) called WSDM. The committee decided they were done and asked for an OASIS-wide vote; the result was 67 yes, 7 no. I tried to go and read WSDM and it made my head hurt, severely. (Personal commenatry by Tim Bray)

SOA:  The Steam-Powered SOA

Successful SOAs must be designed in a way that makes that co-existence with existing technologies as simple and painless as possible.

 
17.03.2005

WS standards :  webMethods Contributes to Three W3C Web Services Recommendations

The three recommendations which are expected to improve Web services performance are: XML-binary Optimized Packaging (XOP), Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM), and Resource Representation SOAP Header Block (RRSHB).

 
16.03.2005

WS Tools :  Tool Governs SOA, XML, Web Services Life Cycles

WebLayers Center 2.0—a product that analysts say is among the first enterprise tools to provide governance of XML, Web services and SOAs—is is being released releases soon.

SW linguistic tagging :  Introducing Deep Parsing

Tagging Web pages with linguistic tags could be more practical than adding semantic tags. Automatic tools based on Deep Parsing technology can help make the process of 'linguistic tagging' more cost efficient... says this Press Release.

 
15.03.2005

WS Tools :  StrikeIron launches OnDemand Web Services for Microsoft Excel

StrikeIron has launched the first drag-and-drop solution to integrate Web services directly into Microsoft Excel.

WS Apps :  IBM pushes web services for content management

IBM has unveiled a new software portfolio that extends the reach of content management using web services, to enable all types of data to be captured, managed and searched as part of normal business processes.

 
14.03.2005

WS Tools :  Eclipse Unveils Web Services Tools

The open source Web services tools offering includes authoring tools for the Web Service Description Language (WSDL), XML and XML schema standards and wizards that simplify the Web service creation process.

SOA: When Building Your SOA…Service Descriptions are Key

While we do have some interface information about these services, as defined by standards such as WSDL and UDDI, we really need a more complete set of info surrounding the services in order to create a proper SOA...

Grid computing :  Grid and the Future of the Network Machine

John Dix, editor of Network World, moderates a panel discussion of leading vendors(Cisco, HP, IBM, Intel, Nortel, SAP), on how grid computing will affect the end-to-end network.

 
11.03.2005

SOA : Indigo - Critical Technology For Microsoft SOAs

This month Microsoftrelaeses the preview version of its Web services communications technology, code-named Indigo, that will pave the way for partners to build connected systems for its next-generation, services-oriented architecture (SOA).

WS: OASIS Standard Enables Web Services Management

Created by IBM, HP, Computer Associates, BMC Software, WSDM lets programmers write management applications using Web services that may be controlled by many users through one interface. WSDM consists of two specifications, Management Using Web Services (MUWS) and Management Of Web Services (MOWS)

WS killer app : Web services 1-2-3?

StrikeIron's announcement that you can use your Excel spreadsheet as a client to various Web services is seen as the big breakthrough for WSs.

 
10.03.2005

WS:  Dancing with Web services - W3C chair talks choreography

Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) allows existing services to be orchestrated into composite services, while the Web Services Choreography Description Language (WS-CDL) goes a step further and describes the relationships between services in a peer-to-peer scenario.

Award:  Network Inference Chief Scientist Recognized with Distinguished Industry Award

Professor Ian Horrocks (Knowledge Web & SDK) has been honored with Microsoft-Sponsored Roger Needham award by the British Computer Society

SW :  Next big step for the Web - or a detour?

Is the "Semantic Web" the new Internet, or a complex technology in search of a problem to solve?

 
09.03.2005

WS standard:   WSDM Approved as OASIS Standard

OASIS, the international e-business standards consortium, has announced that its members have approved Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) as an OASIS Standard

SW apps :   Google practices dividing to conquer

Google's 8 billion-plus Web document index may not multiply, but its search engine will learn to better divide the data. According to Peter Norvig, director of search quality, Google draws on the semantic Web and various language sets from pages to find a match.

 
08.03.2005

WS security :   Web Services Come Into Balance

PayMaxx, a privately held payroll service bureau, is shutting down its Web-facing services indefinitely until numerous security issues can be addressed.

 
07.03.2005

Opinion :   SOAP is comatose, long live REST

Carlos Peres started a storm in blogspace a few weeks ago when he posted a blog claiming SOAP was comatose and REST is better. This is the follow-up to that storm...

Opinion :   Risks to the success of Web services

Tim Ewald explors the thesis that Web services are dying on their feet.

 
04.03.2005

WS search :  Announcing the Yahoo! REST web services

A look inside the world of search from the people of Yahoo!

WS specs :  Web Services Enhancements 2.0 Service Pack 3

A summary of the new featuresand changes  from Jurgen Postelmans's WebLog.

WS :  An Extensive Examination Of Web Services (Part 4)

Article by Scott Mitchell writing in WebProNews.com

SOA :  A Technique for Creating Self-Described Data to Enable SOA

The technique ensures the loose coupling of data format/semantic across business services, and it is applicable to any semi structured data presentation.

 
03.03.2005

WS performance : The need for speed -Web services performance tips

There are three approaches to Web services and SOA performance optimization, according to Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink LLC. Now read on...

WS tools :   Eclipse Brings Web Services Tools to Light

The Eclipse Foundation has issued its first open source Web services tools designed to help programmers create Web services. They ensure the applications are conformant to standards from the W3C and the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization.

 
02.03.2005

WS Tools :  Community Effort Delivers Open Sources Tools Based on Open Standards

Eclipse Foundation has announced the first developer release of the Eclipse Web services tools. The new tools aim to help shorten development time, simplify the development of Java Web services and automatically validate for conformance to industry standards. WTP 1.0 release is expected to be available in July 2005.

WS search :  Yahoo! Search Web Services Launch!

Not so much an article but a set of pointers to relevant information from other sources (blogs, articles...)

SW & GRID :  Semantics-assisted Problem Solving on the Semantic Grid

An abstract of a paper proposing a distributed knowledge management framework for semantics and knowledge creation, population and reuse on the Grid. (from U. Southampton)

 
01.03.2005

WS-SOA :  SAP To Better Link IT with Business Analysts

The challenge - to help map knowledge of SOA/web services to a a company's ever-growing need to use software to meet changing business needs.

WS app :  Managing PCs the Web services way

"The arrival of Web services, and standard protocols such as XML and SOAP, allows us[ Altiris ] to do integration and data sharing in ways that were really hard to do 10 years ago."

 
28.02.2005

WS spec :  WS-ReliableMessaging Spec Updated

WS-RM is now published as two separate specifications: one for the core protocol elements and one for the related policy assertion.

SW issues :  Semantic Web - The Beauty and the Beast

The concept underlying the 'Semantic Web' is now being (mis-)used by advertisers, according to this article. The solution? A built in mechanism to counter commercial bias if the internet is to remain a tool for public knowledge and the advancement of society.

 
25.02.2005

WS with Excel :  StrikeIron Debuts On-Demand Web Services for Excel

StrikeIron announced itsOn-Demand Web Services for Excel, an add-in product that connects Microsoft Excel users to StrikeIron Web Services Business Network (WSBizNet) and enables desktop users to take advantage of Web services.

SOAP R.I.P. ? SOAP is Comatose But Not Officially Dead!

SOAP is comatose, but hasn't been declared legally dead by either IBM or Microsoft. But how did this all happen? A personal assessment by Carlos E. Perez.

 
24.02.2005

SOA :  How to identify, specify, and realize services for your SOA

In this artile, Ali Arsanjani (Chief Architect, SOA and Web services Center of Excellence, IBM) discusses the highlights of service-oriented modeling and architecture; the key activities that you need for the analysis and design required to build a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

WSDM standard :   OASIS Ballots WSDM Specification for Approval as a Standard

The OASIS WSDM Technical Committee has submitted its Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) Committee Draft Specification Version 1.0 to the Consortium membership for approval as an OASIS Standard.

WS standards :   REST vs SOAP – Confusion continues

The story so far, as synthesised by Radovan Janacek

EU RTD :  A scalable environment for the Semantic Web

Taking a bottom-up approach to the development of the Semantic Web, a scalable and modular Knowledge Management system has been successfully validated on two university websites working in the IST program funded project MOSES.

 
23.02.2005

Open source WS : Open source eclipses commercial tools for Web services development

As developers question commercial implementations of Web services standards, they are increasingly turning to open source alternatives such as the Eclipse development platform..

WS : Web services for the REST of us

The first of a two-part series, this article looks at the potential benefits of creating Web services without the associated Web services stack.

 
22.02.2005

WS API : Announcing eBay Web Services

eBay is rolling out a unified API schema that supports software development across all platforms and languages. The unified API schema supports development in XML, SOAP, .NET and Java, and includes support for the eBay SDKs for Windows and Java.

WS security : Web services boost data security efficiency

Government agencies are turning increasingly to Web services to speed application development, share data and conduct transactions more easily.

 
21.02.2005

WS language : SOAP Service Description Language (SSDL) Released to the Web Services Community

Developed as a vehicle for exploring ideas in the areas of contract and protocol description, the SOAP Service Description Language (SSDL) is a SOAP-centric contract description language for Web Services.

WS specs : Liberty Alliance Releases v2 of Web Services Framework Specifications

The publicly available framework has been extended to include support for SAML 2.0.

XML WS :  Industry's First XML Web Services Intrusion Prevention Model ?

The Advanced XML Security Laboratories (AXSL) announced today the availability of the XML Web Services Vulnerability Model, "the first tool designed to help network and application security managers plan and implement XML Web Services threat mitigation solutions".

 
18.02.2005

SW interface : University launches semantic web interface

The University of Southampton has launched a new semantic web interface, called mSpace, that it says will make searching for information online, and learning about a subject, much easier. A demo of the classical music mSpacecan be seen running here for those with Mozilla based browsers.

XML app : The Eatdrinkfeelgood Markup Language

The Eatdrinkfeelgood Markup Language is an XML application for describing recipes, meal courses, and entire menus. It was created with three principles in mind: maximum reusability, higher-order functions, and the "view source" rule.

EU RTD : Building open blocks for composite Web services

Tthe IST programme funded project, ADAPT, is building what the project coordinator describes as one of the most advanced open source solutions for businesses to provide Basic Services over the Web and for a combination of these to result in Composite Services.

 
17.02.2005

SOA : How To Identify, Specify, and Realize Services For Your SOA

Gartner has predicted that by 2008, more than 60 percent of enterprises will use SOA as a "guiding principle" when creating mission-critical applications and processes."

WS : Web services power the eBay 'platform'

EBay, the world's biggest online auction site has transformed itself into a development platform thanks to Web services, according to the head of its developer program. .

SOA apps : Epicor Claims Web Services Edge

Company says ability to build SOA-based applications with Vantage 8.0 via Microsoft.NET is a major shift.

 
16.02.2005

EU RTD :  Adding semantics to the Web

Richard Benjamins, the coordinator of the IST project ESPERONTO, says the future of the Semantic Web lies in it becoming “something akin to ambient intelligence” with the meaning of digital information understandable not only by humans but by any computer-embedded device.

WS Security :  Liberty Alliance Releases First Phase of Web Services Framework

The Liberty Alliance Project has released ID-WSF 2.0, the second version of its Web services framework specifications.

WS Tools :  Reactivity and Parasoft Team to Speed Web Services Deployment

Reactivity, Inc. and Parasoft have announced a joint product bundle to help speed the deployment of secure XML Web services.

 
15.02.2005

WS Security :  Liberty Focuses on Mobile Web Services

The Liberty Alliance Project has released Mobile Business Guidelines 2.0, a document for describing how service providers can deploy secure mobile Web services.

WS Standards :  ABCs of Four New Web Services Standards

Standards are crucial in many information technologies, but in no area are they more intertwined and vital than in Web services.

Ontology Apps :  Adding more meaning from place searches

Five European universities and a national mapping agency joined forces in the Spirit IST project to produce a ‘spatially aware information retrieval’ system. At the heart of Spirit is the geographic ontology, a knowledge base of geographic places built from various resources.

 
14.02.2005

WS :  Microsoft's Indigo Will Advance Web Services, says Gartner

Microsoft's next-generation Web services technology, Indigo, will significantly expand both the scope and the capabilities of Web services.

SWS Workshop:  W3C Hosts Open Workshop on Frameworks for Semantics in Web Services

W3C has issued a Call for Participation in the Workshop on Frameworks for Semantics in Web Services, to be held June 9-10, 2005 at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Innsbruck, Austria.

WS Policy:  Royalty-free options reach OASIS

The Web services standards group has won praise from some quarters for introducing a royalty-free option into its standards schema, but it has come under fire from others for not going far enough .

 
11.02.2005

WS voice :  Vonetix Document Plug-In For Avaya Gains SOAP Support

Gold Systems, developer of voice-powered customer interaction software, has added SOAP support to its Vonetix Document Plug-In, which lets speech-enabled IVR systems work with Web servers and other customer communication touchpoints.

SW interfaces : ECS team launches new semantic web interface for smarter searches

A new semantic web interface developed by the School of Electronics & Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton makes it possible to pull related sources in long lists of search data into one usable view.

WS security :  NICTA begins Web services security project

National ICT Australia (NICTA) has announced a three-year, $2 million agreement with Microsoft for a collaborative research project to develop security architectures, management policies, and protocols for Web services.

 
10.02.2005

WS Standards : OASIS Ratified UDDI v3.0 as Standard

The OASIS international standards consortium has announced that its members have approved the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) version 3.0.2 as an OASIS Standard.

WS Apps : Socialtext Workspace 1.5 Adds Enterprise and Web Service Integration to Wiki

Socialtext 1.5 provides a number of new ways to connect a workspace to other dynamic web services, including instant messaging and presence, RSS feeds, searches, and RSS queries.

WS Primers : An Extensive Examination Of Web Services: Part 3

In part 3 of An Extensive Examination of Web Services in WebProNews, Scott Mitchell examines how to consume a Web service from a client application.

 
09.02.2005

WS Pledges : Microsoft Promises Interoperability And Efficiency From Longhorn

Microsoft has offered new details about how the next version of the Windows operating system will use Web services to connect systems over the Internet and to make programmers more efficient.

Interoperability : IONA and Arjuna Test Web Services Interoperability

IONA® Technologies and Arjuna have announced the recent successful demonstration of Web services transaction interoperability at a workshop hosted by IBM.

WS Q&A : So, What the Heck Are Web Services?

This piece in BusinessWeek online's special report on the World of Web Services aims to demystify the topic with some common questions and answers.

 
08.02.2005

WS Standards : Web Services 2005 -- Five Keys Unlock the Gate

As 2005 gets underway, Joe Keller of Sun Microsystems, Inc. believes web services standards have arrived at a crossroads between success and failure.

WS Specs : UDDI 3 - more than just Web services 'Yellow Pages'

UDDI registries are becoming intelligent repositories that house a plethora of meta data and metrics information around more manageable Web services.

WS Apps : A "Milestone" for Web Services

In BusinessWeek online's special report on the World of Web Services, Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin talks about Indigo, the giant's latest bid to win developers' support for a new way of writing software.

 
07.02.2005

SWS Primer : Web Service API and the Semantic Web

This article from a recent issue of Web Services Journal looks at how the Semantic Web applies to Web services, including what specifications are under development and how you might prepare for integration with future semantic applications.

SOA : How Ready Is IT For SOA? New BEA Tool Gives Answer

BEA has created a Web-based tool to help companies examine what SOA implementation will offer, when used with existing IT ecosystems.

Ontology Apps : A new lease of life for biological information

Focused on the Life Sciences, but extendable to other sets of complex digital data, the EU-funded ORIEL project provided the research community with tools to navigate through an increasingly intricate and confusing information landscape and to manage large collections of multimedia data.

 
04.02.2005

WS Security : Sorting out Web services security standards

Today, we have more than 40 security standards in various stages of specification at several different organizations. This article provides a road map to help you pick your way through the major players and the specs they're writing.

WS Standards : More open UDDI Web services directory standard ratified by OASIS

The new version, officially designated as UDDI v3.0.2, is designed to solve some of the interoperability issues that plagued earlier versions.

WS Tools : Softshare Unveils Web Services Toolkit

The Softshare Web Services Toolkit is a collection of advanced product features, documentation, and tutorials that facilitate the implementation of Web services.

 
03.02.2005

SOA service : IBM Offers Roadmap For SOAs

IBM has introduced a consulting service that provides a roadmap for building service-oriented architectures for clients who want to integrate information technology systems to support business processes.

WS Pipeline : Real-World SOA Success

Two key customers, eHeathInsurance and WebEx, talk about their SOA implementations and compare notes on the hard-core benefits derived from them.

WS Infrastructure : The Missing Link Between Business and Web Services?

Once you have created and deployed Web services, what's the next step? For many developers, it is the orchestration of those services into composite applications and business processes. In the past, this area has proved troublesome.

 
02.02.2005

WS Security : External-Facing Web Services Deployments on the Rise According to New Survey

A recent survey, sponsored by Oblix, has revealed that 43 percent of respondents believe that applying the principles of identity management to Web services will help meet their Web services security requirements.

WS Standards : WebSphere to Embrace Standards

IBM will bulk up the standards-based integration tools in the next version of WebSphere, reflecting the strong demand for software to glue disparate systems together.

WS Tools : GT Software Announces Release 2.0 of Ivory™ Web Services

The Ivory Process for Web Services continues to offer innovative and effective methods for bottom-up and top-down processing for CICS Transaction Server composite services.

 
01.02.2005

WS in action : Programming eBay Web Services with PHP 5 and Services_Ebay

With more than 135 million users worldwide, eBay is a thriving online marketplace. By using eBay's web services APIs, members of the eBay Developers Program can hook into the eBay platform using XML to integrate eBay into their own applications.

WS Apps : Study Finds Changing DBA Roles in 2005

A report from Evans Data Corp. has found that more than half of all DBAs are working with web services, XML, middleware and even application performance tasks.

 
31.01.2005

WS Standards : W3C, OASIS Recommend New Web Services Standards

World Wide Web Consortium announced new recommendations this week for standards relating to Web services performance and efficiency. The new recommendations work with the SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) 1.2 specification to deliver a standard way to transmit large binary files and data, which helps to improve performance. See also related Press Release.

Interview : Is Web services truly a reality or not? - Interview with Jean Paoli

Jean Paoli is a senior director of XML architecture at Microsoft Corporation and one of the co-creators of the XML 1.0 standard with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

 
28.01.2005

WS Business : Web Services Starts To Surge

According to Gartner Dataquest, 47 percent of enterprises surveyed are planning to use an external service provider for their Web-services solution. Gartner Dataquest also predicts that Web services and IT professional services will grow from $56 billion worldwide in 2003 to $283 billion worldwide in 2007.

SW Projects : SIMILE: Practical Metadata for the Semantic Web

The SIMILE Project is working to make it easier to browse digital libraries and, more generally, to find your way around in the Semantic Web.

WS SOA : BEA expands SOA consulting practice in IBM's wake

BEA has announced the expansion of its SOA consulting and educational practice, along with a new web-based tool that allows companies to determine how 'ready' they are to pursue a SOA strategy.

 
27.01.2005

WS Log : Data Collector for IBM Web Services Navigator

The Data Collector for IBM Web Services Navigator intercepts and instruments Web service requests and responses and writes information about the Web services to a log file. This log file is used by an Eclipse-based viewer called the IBM Web Services Navigator.

WS Log : IBM alphaWorks Releases Web Services Interface Definition for Intrusion Defense

Web Services Interface Definition for Intrusion Defense (WSID4ID) is a recent release from alphaWorks emerging technologies. The IBM WSID4ID tool is "an Eclipse plug-in that validates the Web Service Description Language (WSDL) interface specification of a Web service, flagging any interface feature that could open a door to hacker attacks against that service."

WS SOA : IBM's SOA Service Sets Up Shop

The new Service Oriented Modeling and Architecture (SOMA) is a methodology to help businesses implement an SOA, or distributed computing plan, that can tie business processes to underlying applications through services.

 
26.01.2005

WS Standards : W3C Issues Key Web Services Standards

The new schemas aim to solve a much-maligned problem in sharing and employing data between different flavors of Web services software.

WS Apps : Good Teams With Oracle for Mobile Web Services

Good, a certified partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork will now offer its customers seamless access to Oracle's enterprise-class mobile web services and business applications.

WS Infrastructure : Consulting firm tackles federal XML registry

Extensible markup language consulting firm Starbourne Communications Design is tackling a job that agency XML advocates have long lobbied for, but have never gotten the funding to execute: building a central registry of federal XML schemas.

 
25.01.2005

WS Take-up : Web Services Spread Slowly Into IT

But more work needs to be done to address architectural, process and security issues.

WS Apps : IBM Launches New Software and Services to Help Organizations Share Information and Increase User Productivity

IBM Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Self-Service Validation is designed specifically to give business partners the ability to validate, test, and ensure their WSRP services are easily integrated with IBM's WebSphere Portal.

WS Security : DataPower Brings Maturity to Web Services Security for the Global 1000 with 3.1 Release

DataPower® has announced the availability of firmware release v3.1 for its XS40 XML Security Gateway™.

 
24.01.2005

WS Apps : Amazon Web services fan out

Developers can now design applications for all six Amazon-branded sites worldwide, including Amazon.ca and Amazon.fr.

WS Q&A : EMI exec on SOA integration of Web sites

EMI Group PLC is building a service-oriented architecture to more easily integrate and manage content on various artist, manager and fan Web sites.

SW Apps : Technology Can Fix U.S. Intelligence

The recently enacted intelligence reform bill was the best Washington could do, probably. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the marketplace knows that intelligence reform is much too important to be left to politicians and bureaucrats.

 
21.01.2005

WS Standards A Closer Look at Web Services Standards

With more than 60 projects underway, OASIS is attempting to hit six key functional areas with its Web Services standards, including: data content; service description; service discovery; messaging; security and access; orchestration and management.

WS SOA : Enabling SOA Through Web Services

Changing one interface can break thousands of others- which makes IT departments hesitant about modifying or deleting services in existing frameworks. That is changing with the XML and TCP/IP-based protocol interfaces of Web Services. Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) has been widely used to enable software modules to interact through Web Services Description Language (WSDL).

WS Search Mondosoft Releases Web Services Search Kit

Mondosoft, a maker of enterprise search and behavior analytics software, this week has announced the availability of a new Web services search kit that facilitates the deployment of search through Web services.

WWW : Reviewing the Architecture of the World Wide Web

Publication of the "Architecture of the World Wide Web" by the W3C hopes to codify the principles underlying the current WWW. These issues are covered in more depth on XML.com by Kendall Clark's seven-part series, but a brief overview is given here.

 
17.01.2005

WS Integration Web services drive integration into the glass house

As an integration technology, Web services are all but doing away with the need for specialized tools that connect Java, .NET and other applications running on smaller servers to those that reside on the massive computers that have been around since the 1950s.

.RDF & .OWL : On Finding Semantic Web Documents

"... it turns out there's only around 200,000 of them [.RDF, .OWL pages ] . That's about 0.005% of the web. We've got a ways to go".

 
14.01.2005

WS Standards Don't Get Stuck With Obsolete Web Services Standards

A new report by Gartner warns that more than 50 percent of existing Web services specifications will be consolidated within the next three years.

WS Apps Federated identity management and Web services

Federated identity management and Web services are poised to finally solve a long-running problem in both IT and systems security.

WS PrimersAn Extensive Examination Of Web Services: Part 2

The previous installment focused on examining Web services from 30,000 feet. This article looks at how to build a Web service using Visual Studio .NET.

 
13.01.2005

SW Ontologies Semantic Web Ontologies: What Works and What Doesn't

Peter Norvig, Google's director of search quality, discusses challenges of automation, knowledge, spam, and even politics.

SOA & WS OMG Introduces MDA, SOA and Web Services Workshop

Object Management Group(OMG) has announced its upcoming, first-ever Model Driven Architecture, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services (WS) Workshop taking place in Orlando, USA, March 21-24, 2005.

 
12.01.2005

SW Apps Geotagging Web Pages and RSS Feeds

Various semantic Web projects still are solidifying geospatial tagging standards, but several techniques already have become common and supported. This article presents these current techniques.

WS Apps StrikeIron Offers Global Address Verification Web Services

StrikeIron’s Global Address Premium Web Services access the world’s most complete database of address information for over 240 countries and territories.

WS Take-up Web Services Caution Abounds

Silo: an over-hyped buzzword meaning all things inefficient and costly in non-interoperable software; a target to be conquered by Web services. Why has the promise of Web services not been delivered?

 
11.01.2005

SW : Palm Beach County Selects Metatomix For Data Sharing System

The system will extract data from disparate sources, providing the ability to streamline access to data, obtain information in real-time, and share it seamlessly. With the system, patrol officers and detectives will be able to perform a single query against multiple state and local law enforcement databases.

WS TrendsThe year ahead ... in technology

Interoperability will be the operative word for Web services. "The goal is not just to connect systems but also to make the data and information resident within these systems interoperable," according to a white paper published by the CIO Council's Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice.

WS Apps AMR predicts merger of ERP apps and IT infrastructure to cut costs

Although standardising on a single platform is not a new idea, AMR Research says demand is being driven by web services, service oriented architectures and the need to reconfigure and reuse code.

 
10.01.2005

Ontologies Digital Harbor's deep-diving visual toolkit builds ontologies for maximum data linkage

Digital Harbor's PiiE (Professional Interactive Information Environment) 4.5 provides a sophisticated framework for linking data from multiple sources and presenting it in one interactive GUI.

SOA Introduction to SOA with Web Services

After a common programming interface is in place, through which any application can be accessed, existing IT infrastructure can be more easily replaced and modernized. This is the promise that service-oriented development brings to the IT world.

 
07.01.2005

WS ToolsToolkit brings Web services standards closer to developers

The IBM Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK) allows developers to design, develop and execute emerging Web services and autonomic technologies.

SW MarketsWhy You Should Be Looking at Semantic Technologies Now

This article discusses market opportunities for semantic technologies and is an excerpt from SDForum's Semantic Technologies Seminar, cohosted by AlwaysOn, TopQuadrant, and Enterprise Architect.

 
06.01.2005

WS Q&AJBoss CEO: Web services a prime integration tool

In this interview JBoss Inc. CEO Mark Fleury talks about the company's milestones in 2004 and offers some interesting thoughts on Web services and where JBoss fits in that segment of the market.

WS SolutionsCombining XQuery and Web Services

As separate entities Web services and XQuery provide a powerful set of features. When combined they have the potential to present ever more sophisticated feature sets designed for very specific goals.

SOAMetadata Evolution Management in Your SOA

This article discusses the importance of metadata in today's service-oriented application landscape, and the need to manage them to render them robust to change.

 
05.01.2005

EU RTDCapitalising on richer Web data

Recent successful trials of European semantic-Web applications suggest that machine-readable data will soon usher in an improved Web that will facilitate information reuse, and provide for painless building and maintenance of community portals.

WS Take-upDeploying Large-Scale Interoperable Web Services Infrastructures

Web services have moved beyond the experimental stage in many organizations and are now becoming the foundation of numerous service-oriented architectures.

 
04.01.2005

IDC ReportGlobal IT spending to grow at mere 6 pc in 2005

Among the findings, the IDC Report says that, at the worldwide level, the three emerging technologies worth watching in 2005 will be RFID with sensors, Mesh Networks and Semantic Web.

WS InfrastructurerealMethods Enhances Support for Generating Web Services

Unlike other “frameworks”, realMethods provides code generation and framework services on the J2EE presentation, business, and integration tiers.

 
03.01.2005

IBM WS for CICS A Kick-Start for Mainframe Web Services

IBM moved the mainframe another step forward last month, updating a transaction server that eases the process of exposing CICS applications as Web services.

 
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