ALIVE: a framework for flexible and adaptive service coordination

Joey Sik Chun Lam, Wamberto Vasconcelos, Frank Guerin, David Corsar, Alison Chorley, Timothy J. Norman, Javier Vázquez-Salceda, Sofia Panagiotidi, Roberto Confalonieri, I. Gomez, S. Hidalgo, Sergio Álvarez-Napagao, Juan Carlos Nieves, M. Palau Roig, Luigi Ceccaroni, Huib Aldewereld, Virginia Dignum, Frank Dignum, Loris Penserini, Julian A. PadgetMarina De Vos, D. Andreou, Owen Cliffe, Athanasios Staikopoulos, Razvan Popescu, Siobhán Clarke, P. Sergeant, Chris Reed, T. Quillinan, K. Nieuwenhuis

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There is a large body of research on software services, but the issues of communication and dynamic reconfiguration have received little attention, as have adaptation to environment and dynamic combination of service building blocks into new applications. Here, we present the approach of the FP7 alive project to the use of formal models of coordination and organisation mechanisms to deliver a flexible, high-level means to describe the structure of interactions between services in the environment. Our aim is to create a framework for services engineering for live open systems of active services. We propose to build on the current activities in service-oriented engineering by defining three levels: (i) An organisational level models the organisational structure of executing and interlinked services and the context around them. (ii) A coordination level provides flexible ways to model interaction between the services. (iii) These two levels connect with existing (semantic) Web services, which contain semantic descriptions to make components aware of their social context and of the rules of engagement with other services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Workshop "Engineering Societies in the Agents' World" (ESAW 2009)
EditorsHuib Aldewereld, Virginia Dignum, Gauthier Picard
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-10203-5
ISBN (Print)3642102026, 978-3642102028
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg


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