A Broker for OWL-S Web services

Massimo Paolucci, Julien Soudry, Naveen Srinivasan, and Katia Sycara
Extending Web Services Technologies: the use of Multi-Agent Approaches (Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations), March, 2005.


Abstract
Brokers are widely used in distributed information systems such as Multi-agent systems and distributed databases. Yet, there has not been a detailed analysis of Brokers’ architecture and no general solution has been proposed on how the Brokers’ tasks have to be accomplished. In this paper, we provide a detailed analysis of these tasks, and an implementation based on OWL-S. We show that while OWL-S is adequate to provide all the information that is needed by the Broker, the straightforward implementation of the Broker using OWL-S results in a paradoxical situation. We solve this paradox by extending the Process Modeling language of OWL-S. Finally, we propose a solution to a number of issues that arise in the brokered management of the interaction between Web services such as the abstraction from queries to capabilities required to solve that query, and management of the knowledge required by the Broker to control the multi-party interaction.

Keywords
The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, DARPA, DAML, OWL, OWL-S, Multi-agent systems, Semantic Web services, Broker, Agent

Notes
Sponsor: DARPA
Note: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) program under Air Force Research Laboratory contract F30601-00-2-0592

Text Reference
Massimo Paolucci, Julien Soudry, Naveen Srinivasan, and Katia Sycara, "A Broker for OWL-S Web services," Extending Web Services Technologies: the use of Multi-Agent Approaches (Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations), March, 2005.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Paolucci_2005_6298,
   author = "Massimo Paolucci and Julien Soudry and Naveen Srinivasan and Katia Sycara",
   editor = "Lawrence Cavedon, Zakaria Maamar, David Martin, Boualem Benatallah",
   title = "A Broker for OWL-S Web services",
   booktitle = "Extending Web Services Technologies: the use of Multi-Agent Approaches (Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations)",
   publisher = "Springer",
   month = "March",
   year = "2005",
   Notes = "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) program under Air Force Research Laboratory contract F30601-00-2-0592"
}