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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 19:00:15 -0700
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Please note below, an abstract on our next Ontolog Technical 
Discussion session:    (02)

Title: *Interoperability Concerns in the Growth of Service 
Sciences: Ontological Implications of SOA*    (03)

Moderator: Professor William E. McCarthy - Michigan State Univ.    (04)

Date: Thursday June 30, 2005
Time: 10:30am~12:30pm PDT / 1:30~3:30pm PDT    (05)

Format: Panel & Open Discussion over an augmented conference call    (06)

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From: McCarthy, William
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 1:25 PM
To: '[ontolog-forum] '
Subject: panel on Ontological implications of SOA    (08)

Hi Peter et al.    (09)

Here is my proposed summary of next week’s panel on 
interoperability concerns in the growth of service sciences.    (010)

Topic: Interoperability Concerns in the Growth of Service
        Sciences -- Ontological Implications of SOA    (011)

Traditionally, trading partners -- both within and between firms 
– trafficked in bundled tangible products like consumer goods or 
partially assembled finished goods.  Many early e-commerce 
standards assumed implicitly product-based exchanges.    (012)

Increasingly however, the growth in exchange and bundling of 
*Services* in the US and in other economies has supplanted 
tangible goods as the raison d’etre of international and domestic 
commerce.  Estimates of the percentage of the gross domestic 
product of the US due to services (as opposed to goods) range as 
high as 80%.  This trend has led to increased interest in 
services and the establishment of new research centers like the 
proposed "Center for Services Sciences" at U.C. Berkeley.   A 
good of overview of such trends is the brief article by Henry 
Chesbrough:    (013)

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/9b743b2a-0e0b-11d9-97d3-00000e2511c8,dwp_uuid=6f0b3526-07e3-11d9-9673-00000e2511c8.html    (014)

In e-commerce, this growth in service provision has been mirrored 
by the advent of Service-Oriented Architectures which support 
integration and creation of composite solutions (bundles of 
services) from loosely-coupled components assembled both within 
an enterprise (outputs from legacy applications) and outside of 
the enterprise (typically XML-based Web services).    (015)

Whether or not the integrated services originate from 
incompatible operations inside the firm or from incompatible 
vendor interfaces from outside the firms, semantic 
inconsistencies, redundancies, and discrepancies make the vision 
of integrated services an ontological problem.  The purpose of 
this panel is to explore the ontological implications of service 
Sciences in general and of Service-Oriented Architectures in 
particular.  We will start our Ontolog session with some general 
comments from notable practitioners in the SOA and ontology 
areas.  We will then open up the discussion to more general 
comments and critiques.    (016)

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Please mark your calendars now. I'll have the wiki session page 
up shortly with more details.  =ppy    (018)

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