Introduction: Second International Workshop on Web APIs and Services Mashups (Mashups 2008)
The Mashups workshop series is about the convergence of Service computing and the Web 2.0 in the form of mashups: end-user-oriented compositions of Web-accessible services, APIs, and data sources, sometimes taking advantages of social and collaborative nature of Web 2.0 content and services. The interaction and integration of Service computing and Web 2.0 expose various issues, challenges and problems that have to be addressed in order to make the vision of a fully programmable Web become a reality. In this space, a flurry of new languages, tools, platforms, and solutions for end-user service reuse, assembly and composition is displacing current legacy distributed system applications and middleware. The Mashups workshop series is the international forum intended to foster a conversation within the service-oriented computing community around the research, emerging technologies and novel applications that appear as the Web 2.0 paradigm, as well as the more established Web services middleware technology. As these two communities continue to merge, the Mashups workshop is a venue that can help bring about the innovation potentials of the programmable Web and accelerate their applications and disseminations.