A Web Services Matchmaking Engine for Web Services
This paper concentrates on the issue of matchmaking in the context of web services. It provides a brief review of the difference between directory services and matchmaking facilities and explains why directories such as UDDI are important but insufficient for web services and need to be complemented with advanced matchmaking facilities. It discusses the requirements that web services place on matchmaking, namely symmetry of information exchange, the ability of each party to specify requirements of the other party, rich languages to describe services and their consumers as well as their demands, and the ability to dynamically update and configure what is being offered. These requirements are addressed by the Web Services Matchmaking Engine (WSME) – a powerful matchmaking engine capable of matching complex entities, and a Data Dictionary Tool for defining the language of the corresponding matchmaking process. The WSME matchmaking process and property and rules languages are described. An example of how a dynamic market for selling and buying Capacitors can be created with WSME is given. Finally, conclusions and possible future avenues of work are presented.
KeywordsVirtual Enterprise Complex Entity Data Dictionary Service Configuration Rich Language
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