Treating shimantic web syndrome with ontologies

Duncan Hull, Robert Stevens, Phillip Lord, Chris Wroe, Carole Goble

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This paper describes shimantic web syndrome, the use of “shims” to align or mediate mismatching third party Web Services that
have closely related, but incompatible, inputs and outputs. The syndrome is illustrated using services from my Grid bioinformatics analyses. An ontology driven treatment for managing this syndrome through semi-automated service discovery and invocation is outlined. This treatment is likely to be applicable to other domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First AKT Workshop on Semantic Web Services (AKT-SWS04)
EditorsJohn Domingue, Liliana Cabral, Enrico Motta
Place of PublicationMilton Keynes
PublisherOpen University Press
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2004
EventFirst AKT Workshop on Semantic Web Services: Semantic Web Services (SWS) in the context of Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT) - KMi, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Dec 20048 Dec 2004

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings


WorkshopFirst AKT Workshop on Semantic Web Services
Abbreviated titleAKT-SWS04
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityMilton Keynes
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  • shimantic web
  • ontologies


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