Nowadays, Web services are becoming a major research topic for computer scientists, engineers and business consulting professionals. Therefore, there appear a large number of topics and research about the Web services from various aspects. This book provides researchers, scholars, professionals, and educators with the most current research and architecture on Web services with organizations and individuals worldwide.
Web services refer to networked and modular applications, as well as a set of enabling technologies, such as simple object access protocol (SOAP), Web services definition language (WSDL), universal description, discovery and integration (UDDI) protocol, and emerging Web services flow specifications like business process execution language for Web services (BPEL4WS) and Web services chorography interface (WSCI). Since business requirements are becoming the major driving force for creating Web services research topics to support business process integration, collaboration, and management, the business context should be captured and transmitted into appropriate partners. Being Web services solution creators and researchers, we would like to start with capturing the business requirements, and then mapping them into a solution skeleton. Afterward, we can realize the skeleton by linking activities to a set of predefined Web services.
I would like to outline some challenges of the current Web services research topics from the modeling, interoperability, and mathematical foundations points of view followed by some observations about the opportunities and possible directions for moving Web services forward via illustrative ideas such as business semantic computing as well as killer application driven Web services research approach.