Enabling a Web of billions of services

Computer science is entering a new generation. The emerging generation starts by abstracting from software and sees all resources as services in a 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.

SOA4All aims at realizing a world where billions of parties are exposing and consuming services via advanced Web technology. The project will provide a comprehensive framework and infrastructure that integrates five complementary and revolutionary technical advances into a coherent and domain independent service delivery platform:

  • SOA as the emerging dominant paradigm for application development which abstracts from software to the notion of service.
  • Context management, i.e., adapting services to meet local environmental constraints, organizational policies and personal preferences.
  • Web principles to scale SOA to a world wide Web communications infrastructure.
  • Web 2.0 as a means to structure human-machine cooperation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Semantic Web technologies to automate service discovery, mediation and composition.

Read more about SOA4All Principles and core technologies.

Download the SOA4All Vision White Paper: "Web Services Are Dead. Long Live Internet Services".

Browse the SOA4All work plan.

SOA4All is endorsed by the NESSI constituency and will contribute significantly to the NESSI Open Framework, which is one of the main challenges of the European Platform on Software and Services. In a broader context we expect SOA4All to significantly impact the competitiveness of the European Software and IT Services industry and more widely to address the Lisbon goals.

SOA4All Project Details
Project Acronym: SOA4All
Project Reference: 215219
Start Date: 2008-03-01
Duration: 36 months
Contract Type: Collaborative project (generic)
End Date: 2011-02-28

Project Coordinator: Elies Prunés Soler (Atos Origin Research and Innovation)

Scientific Director: John Domingue (KMi - The Open University, STI International)

European Union Seventh Framework Programme
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