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Subject: FW: [ontolog-forum] Panel Discussion on Ontological implications of SOA - Thu 2005.06.30

FYI,I don't know how many other TC members are in this forum except Duane,
Rex and myself but next week's call could be of great interest to us...


-----Original Message-----
From: ontolog-forum-bounces@ontolog.cim3.net
[mailto:ontolog-forum-bounces@ontolog.cim3.net] On Behalf Of Peter Yim
Sent: 24 June 2005 04:00
To: [ontolog-forum]
Subject: [ontolog-forum] Panel Discussion on Ontological implications of SOA
- Thu 2005.06.30


Please note below, an abstract on our next Ontolog Technical Discussion

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

Moderator: Professor William E. McCarthy - Michigan State Univ.

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

Format: Panel & Open Discussion over an augmented conference call


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

Hi Peter et al.

Here is my proposed summary of next week's panel on interoperability
concerns in the growth of service sciences.

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

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.

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


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).

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.


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

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