With a panel of leaders from the semantic technology industry, this session will give us the opportunity to reflect on the many discussions that have taken place during the week of SemTech 2008 and help us map the course as we prepare to extend those conversations back into our workplaces. We will touch on issues of ROI, making the case for semantic technologies in the enterprise, and what to expect in the coming year in the semantic tech space. Note: This podcast is “Premium content”, and requires Semantic Universe registration, which is free.

Executive Summary

Semantic Web Service (SWS) frameworks especially address service discovery, composition and execution. This article first describes WSMO-Lite, a lightweight ontology of service semantics that builds on a W3C standard for semantic annotations of WSDL. WSMO-Lite distinguishes four kinds of service semantics (functional, nonfunctional, behavioral and information) and it provides a simple and modular ontology for capturing these semantics. Secondly, the article describes MicroWSMO, an approach for semantic description of RESTful services, which have been largely neglected both in context of SOA and in SWS research. MicroWSMO uses WSMO-Lite semantics and thus integrates RESTful services in our Semantic Web Service automation.


Palm oil is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet to date no attempt has been made for complex knowledge modeling within the Palm Oil industry. As oil palm plantation industries contain numerous changing conditions and since relevant decision making parameters are dynamic as well, an intelligent Decision Support System (DSS) that is context sensitive, environment specific and localized for the user is needed. Our proposed solution empowers the end-users through semantic and ontology development methods, where the involvement of domain experts and end-users drive the application development.