Nowadays organisations are willing to outsource their business processes as services and make them accesible via the Web. In doing so, they can dynamically combine individual services to their service applications. However, unless the data on the Web can be meaningfully shared and is interpretable, this objective cannot be realised. It is believed that the vision of the Web can only be realised through proliferation of well-known ontologies describing different domains. Ontologies, as a foundation of service applications, is investigated in the paper. In order to cope with the distributed computing across a wide range of domains from e-economy to e-science and e-government, agent technologies are applied to deal with service agents' on and off and to provide semantic support for implementation of complex e-business applications. Finite state machines (FSM) have been examined to facilitate process automation. Our approach targets at dynamic information sharing and reuse in e-business applications. Finally, our ontological approach is illustrated by employing FSM agents in a Web environment.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Revised Selected Papers of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design IV, CSCWD 2007, Melbourne, Australia, 26-28 April 2007 / Weiming Shen, Jianming Yong, Yun Yang, Jean-Paul A. Barthes, Junzhou Luo (eds.),
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