Different Web Service standards like WSDL, WS-Security, WS-Policy etc., henceforth referred to as WS*, factorize Web Service management tasks into different aspects, such as input/output, workflow, or security. The advantages of WS* are multiple and have already achieved industrial impact. WS* descriptions are exchangeable and developers may use different implementations for the same Web Service description. The disadvantages of WS*, however, are also apparent: even though the different standards are complementary, they must overlap and one may produce models composed of different WS* descriptions, which are inconsistent with each other, but the reasons for the inconsistencies are not easily determined. This is the case because there is no coherent conceptual model of WS*, i.e. terms with equivalent semantics are introduced differently in the respective XML-DTDs. Thus, it is impossible to ask for conclusions that come from integrating different WS* descriptions. Hence, discovering such Web Service management problems or asking for other similar kinds of conclusions that derive from the integration of WS* descriptions remains a purely manual task to be done by the software developers accompanied by little to no formal machinery.
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