Administrating Environmental Performance Indicators Utilizing Lightweight Semantic Web Services
The proposed OEPI platform and its accompanying services are implemented specific to the industrial partners of the OEPI consortium and cannot be adapted by other companies without engineering the whole OEPI platform. Especially SMEs cannot afford the development efforts needed to implement OEPI’s reference model in their own infrastructure. In this chapter a proposed solution using a more generic architecture that will be applied to the specific area of environmental performance indicators will be presented. It is an ontological SOA-based solution that deals with semantic-annotated Web Services. The main outcomes that can be harvested from using this solution in the environmental field are: the high reusability of its components where each component can be seen as a standalone system, the utilization of Web Service-based workflows that takes benefit from the market best practices, the design of an applied ontology model for Web Services and finally Web Service validation and ranking. Moreover, One of the main purposes of this architecture is to group the Web Services based on their actual domain to which they are related (the area of interest). This solution will be applied as an example to the difficult task of handling diverse environmental data sources in the OEPI project.
KeywordsEnvironmental Performance Indicators Ontological SOA Environmental Ontology Semantic-annotated Web Services
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