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EPSRC Reference: EP/D036852/1
Title: SOSoRNet: Service-Oriented Software Research Network
Principal Investigator: Gold, Dr N
Other Investigators:
Bennett, Professor K Brereton, Professor P Xu, Professor J
Tjortjis, Dr C
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Department: Computer Science
Organisation: Kings College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 December 2005 Ends: 30 November 2008 Value (£): 63,253
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
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IT (and software in particular) is one of the most fundamental technologies enabling competitive business and effective science across the world. The key enabler of IT systems is software, providing the potential flexibility to change with organisational needs and support business processes as they evolve in response to market conditions. In its current forms, software is hard to create and even harder to modify. Service-orientation is the latest approach to deal with this problem and offers significant benefits in terms of flexibility. It is more likely to succeed than many previous attempts because services can be closely and rapidly aligned to business processes and can be disengaged and recomposed with minimal effort. Although the potential of service-oriented software is great, there are a number of technological and non-technological problems to be solved and this has led to an explosion of frameworks, architectures, and protocols. These are targeted at various applications including commercial transactions, scientific analysis and distributed computing power. The volume of work taking place internationally on service-oriented software makes it hard for any one person or organisation to keep track of developments. The aim of the Service-Oriented Software Research Network is to build an interdisciplinary and self-sustaining international community of researchers and practitioners leading the development and deployment of service-oriented software technologies, and to ensure that this community draws together the many threads and groups active in particular areas of this technology to promote cross-fertilisation of ideas.
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