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Services, contracts, policies and eCommunities – Relationship to ODP framework

By Lea Kutvonen


Abstract — Agility for inter-enterprise collaborations requires development of interoperability and B2B middleware services. In the Pilarcos and web-Pilarcos projects, such middleware solutions have been researched and developed, in close relationship to the ODP reference model and complementary standards. Although it has been claimed that ODP reference model has not reached its audience, most of the topical trends – service oriented computing (SOA, SOC), inter-enterprise business process management, virtual organizations management, and Web Services – reflect the same foundations. This paper discusses the issues around the concepts of services, eCommunities, and contracts as they are visible in the web-Pilarcos architecture. The contribution is directed two ways: for enhancing the concept related to service within the ODP framework, and for showing how the web-Pilarcos architecture applies the distinct concept of service type for gaining improved interoperability control over what is available for example with Web Services. I

Year: 2005
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