Title: Foundations for specifying OWL-S groundings

Authors: Gerald C. Gannod, Raynette J. Brodie, John T.E. Timm

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Systems Analysis, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA. ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-8809, USA. ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-8809, USA

Abstract: OWL-Sis an ontology in theWeb Ontology Language (OWL) that is used to describe and specify semantic web services. While OWL-S provides a promising mechanism for specification, publication, discovery, integration and access, the learning curve can be steep. As such, tool support for generating OWL-S specifications is a necessary requirement for effectively using the language for complex service orchestration. One of the advantages of OWL-S is its flexibility. Specifically, it facilitates the specification of many groundings (e.g. bindings) to a semantic web service. In this paper, we characterise groundings, describe an approach for generating groundings for a semantic web service and demonstrate how the use of lightweight interactive tools can facilitate creation of groundings for a semantic web service.

Keywords: semantic web services; OWL-S; groundings; business process integration; ontology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2007.014104

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2007 Vol.2 No.1, pp.49 - 59

Published online: 20 Jun 2007 *

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