Chapter 17. Futures

The Web services platform discussed in this book provides an infrastructure for automated business interactions in which functional and non-functional requirements are highly demanding. To advance the degree of automation in business interactions, additional technology must be specified and standardized as part of this platform, or based upon it. This chapter outlines four topics that are likely to be important in the near future.


A lot of work (subsumed by the term semantic Web [FHL03]) is currently ongoing, with the objective of adding more meaning to Web content. Semantic Web technology supports the definition of the semantics of documents, such that intelligent search will extend or even substitute today’s keyword ...

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