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Service composition approach

We developed a framework for service composition in an open environment that was instantiated using the FIPA standards and a number of open-source and proprietary software toolkits into a functioning use case. The implementation was then deployed on the Agentcities testbed environment and trialled in the live environment. Service composition is the process of taking a number of independently produced services, provided by a number of different providers and organising them into a workflow so that they run to perform one group task. For example a service that summarises text, a service that provides news and a service that sends text messages may be combined together to provide a news feed to a users mobile phone.

The relevance of the result is in the realisation of service-orientated architectures for software development and deployment, which will enable software outsourcing and a more flexible form of ASP (application service provision). This will enable organisations to control and optimise spending on software use and provide a new business model for software developers.

The potential of our framework is to provide a common starting point for the description of service composition solutions. This will provide (at the lowest level) a documentation standard for developers. At the higher level this will provide a mechanism for understanding and dimensioning interoperability challenges in a proposed system. In addition the implementation of the technology we have produced provides a solution for doing service composition, and may be useful for the development of specific applications.

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BTexact Research
PP12, MLB1 (Orion), BT Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
IP5 3RE Ipswich
United Kingdom
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