With the rise of the digital services economy, software is evolving from a product to service. The secure and reliable combination of loosely-coupled distributed applications is increasingly important to our economy, asking for a study of service-oriented computing. A seminal issue is the management of services from a large number of independent parties. CWI studies classical software integration, as well as peer-to-peer architectures and semantic web technology.
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Challenge: services à la carte
The internet has grown to an enormous collection of cooperating services. It is being both a vast marketplace and a workshop in which everyone can develop services on demand. The key to this development lies in the definition and deployment of standards and methods for the discovery, evaluation, combination and integration of services, without access to the underlying source code. CWI will work on this challenge together with partner research institutes.