Abstract. Web Services will transform the web from a collection of information into a distributed device of computation. In order to employ their full potential, appropriate description means for web services need to be developed. For this purpose we define a fullfledged Web Service Modeling Framework (WSMF) that provides the appropriate conceptual model for developing and describing web services and their composition (complex web services). Spoken in a nutshell its philosophy is based on the following principle: maximal de-coupling complemented by scalable mediation service
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