SOA4ALLProject reference: 215219
Funded under: FP7-ICT
Service Oriented Architectures for All
Total cost:EUR 13 386 634
EU contribution:EUR 9 474 415
Call for proposal:FP7-ICT-2007-1
Funding scheme:CP - Collaborative project (generic)
Towards a Web of billions of services
Computer science is entering a new generation, a generation that starts by abstracting from software and hardware components and sees all resources as services in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). With this in mind, the aim of SOA4ALL is to create a 'web of billions of services' and hence, revolutionise the world of computing.
Billions will benefit:
In this virtual world, billions of users have access to services which count for themselves and not for the software or hardware that put them into effect. However, current SOA solutions are still being restricted and many fundamental challenges that would guarantee its success are not yet being addressed or resolved. At the time being, SOA is still considered as being companies' in-house solutions.
SOA4ALL will help in changing this by creating a comprehensive framework and infrastructure that integrates four complementary and revolutionary technical advances into a coherent and domain-independent service delivery platform:
- * Web principles and technology as the underlying infrastructure for the integration of services on a global scale.
- * Web 2.0 as a means of structuring human-machine co-operation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
- * Semantic web technology as a means of abstracting from syntax to semantics, as is required for meaningful service discovery.
- * Context management as a way of processing in a machine-understandable way user needs that facilitate the customisation of existing services for the user.
Measuring the impact:
Dynamic services at web scale: SOA4ALL will transform the web into a world where billions of services are exposed and consumed. Scalability is also supported through semantics meaning that growing amounts of work and data are being handled in a graceful manner.
Service usability: Web 2.0 technologies are much easier to use than standard web service platforms. SOA4ALL will contribute in lowering the existing entry barriers to the service world in a way that everybody has access to them not only IT experts.
Open standard service platform: In the same way, SOA4ALL will make sure that the service platform will be truly open and non-proprietary. This means that the services are brought out from behind the enterprise walls into the mainstream where significant key players such as SMEs, large corporations and end-users (citizens) can truly benefit.
Service adaptation to local contexts: SOA4ALL will provide mechanisms that support the adaptation of services to the local context. Henceforward, the services used by customers will be aware of local setting, such as the user's geographic location, personal preferences etc.
SOA4ALL is endorsed by the NESSI constituency as a Strategic Project and will contribute significantly to the NESSI Open Framework, which is one of the main challenges of the European Platform on Software and Services.
Computer science is entering a new generation. The emerging generation starts by abstracting from software and sees all resources as services in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). In a world of services, it is the service that counts for a customer and not the software or hardware components which implement the service. Service-oriented architectures are rapidly becoming the dominant computing paradigm. However, current SOA solutions are still restricted in their application context to being in-house solutions of companies. A service Web will have billions of services. While service orientation is widely acknowledged for its potential to revolutionize the world of computing by abstracting from the underlying hardware and software layers, its success depends on resolving a number of fundamental challenges that SOA does not address today.<br/>SOA4All will help to realize a world where billions of parties are exposing and consuming services via advanced Web technology.The outcome of the project will be a comprehensive framework and infrastructure that integrates four complimentary and revolutionary technical advances into a coherent and domain independent service delivery platform:<br/> Web principles and technology as the underlying infrastructure for the integration of services at a world wide scale. Web 2.0 as a means to structure human-machine cooperation in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Semantic Web technology as a means to abstract from syntax to semantics as required for meaningful service discovery. Context management as a way to process in a machine understandable way user needs that facilitates the customization of existing services for the needs of users.<br/>SOA4All is endorsed by the NESSI constituency as an Strategic Project and will contribute significantly to the NESSI Open Framework, which is one of the main challenges of the European Platform on Software and Services.
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