WaaS—Wisdom as a Service

  • Jianhui Chen
  • Jianhua Ma
  • Ning ZhongEmail author
  • Yiyu Yao
  • Jiming Liu
  • Runhe Huang
  • Wenbin Li
  • Zhisheng Huang
  • Yang Gao
Part of the Web Information Systems Engineering and Internet Technologies Book Series book series (WISE)


An emerging hyper-world encompasses all human activities in a social-cyber-physical space. Its power derives from the Wisdom Web of Things (W2T) cycle, namely, “from things to data, information, knowledge, wisdom, services, humans, and then back to things.” The W2T cycle leads to a harmonious symbiosis among humans, computers and things, which can be constructed by large-scale converging of intelligent information technology applications with an open and interoperable architecture. The recent advances in cloud computing, the Internet/Web of Things, big data and other research fields have provided just such an open system architecture with resource sharing/services. The next step is therefore to develop an open and interoperable content architecture with intelligence sharing/services for the organization and transformation in the “data, information, knowledge and wisdom (DIKW)” hierarchy. This chapter introduces Wisdom as a Service (WaaS) as a content architecture based on the “paying only for what you use” IT business trend. The WaaS infrastructure, WaaS economics, and the main challenges in WaaS research and applications are discussed. A case study is described to demonstrate the usefulness and significance of WaaS. Relying on the clouds (cloud computing), things (Internet of Things) and big data, WaaS provides a practical approach to realize the W2T cycle in the hyper-world for the coming age of ubiquitous intelligent IT applications.


Cloud Computing Mobile Internet Cloud Computing Platform Data Transmission Protocol Content Architecture 
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The work is supported by National Key Basic Research Program of China (2014CB744605), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2013M540096), International Science & Technology Cooperation Program of China (2013DFA32180), National Natural Science Foundation of China (61272345), Research Supported by the CAS/SAFEA International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (25330270).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jianhui Chen
    • 1
  • Jianhua Ma
    • 2
  • Ning Zhong
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Yiyu Yao
    • 5
    • 6
  • Jiming Liu
    • 5
    • 7
  • Runhe Huang
    • 8
  • Wenbin Li
    • 9
  • Zhisheng Huang
    • 5
    • 10
  • Yang Gao
    • 11
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and TechnologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer and Information SciencesHosei UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Life Science and InformaticsMaebashi Institute of TechnologyMaebashi-cityChina
  4. 4.Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Future Internet Technology, The International WIC InstituteBeijing University of TechnologyBeijingChina
  5. 5.International WIC InstituteBeijing University of TechnologyBeijingChina
  6. 6.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada
  7. 7.Department of Computer ScienceHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong SAR
  8. 8.Faculty of Computer and Information SciencesHosei UniversityTokyoJapan
  9. 9.Department of Computer ScienceShijiazhuang University of EconomicsShijiazhuangChina
  10. 10.Department of Computer ScienceVrije University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  11. 11.Department of Computer ScienceNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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