Evaluating Semantic Web Service Technologies: Criteria, Approaches and Challenges

Title: Evaluating Semantic Web Service Technologies: Criteria, Approaches and Challenges
Authors: Ulrich Küster, Birgitta König-Ries, Matthias Klusch
Source: Progressive Concepts for Semantic Web Evolution: Applications and Developments (Advances in Semantic Web Information Systems series), IGI Global (The link below points to a draft version of the paper. The final version is available through IGI Global)
Date: 2010-03-01

In recent years a huge amount of research effort and funding has been devoted to the area of semantic web services (SWS). This has resulted in the proposal of numerous competing approaches to facilitate the automation of discovery, composition and mediation for web services using semantic annotations. However, despite of a wealth of theoretical work, too little effort has been spent towards the comparative experimental evaluation of the competing approaches so far. Progress in scientific development and industrial adoption is thereby hindered. An established evaluation methodology and standard benchmarks that allow the comparative evaluation of different frameworks are thus needed for the further advancement of the field. To this end, a criteria model for SWS evaluation is presented and the existing approaches towards SWS evaluation are comprehensively analyzed. Their shortcomings are discussed in order to identify the fundamental issues of SWS evaluation. Based on this discussion, a research agenda towards agreed upon evaluation methodologies is proposed.

File: SWSEval.pdf