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Web Service - Any piece of software that makes itself available over the internet and uses a standardized XML messaging system.  Web services are platform-neutral and vendor-independent protocols. The term "web services" has come to mean a standardized way of integrating multiple online web protocols such as XML, SHTML, PERL, CGI with the purpose of standardizing operations and creating a user-friendly, browser-based user experience.

[Category=Data Governance ]

Source: The Data Governance Institute, 30 December 2009 09:44:54, External

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Web Services - The Web Services Interoperability Organization is an open industry effort chartered to promote Web Services interoperability across platforms, applications, and programming languages. The organization brings together a diverse community of Web services leaders to respond to customer needs by providing guidance, recommended practices, and supporting resources for developing interoperable Web services.

[Category=Information Management ]

Source:, 15 July 2010 13:16:10, External

Web Services - Web services are a new way of connecting business. Web services are platform-neutral and vendor-independent protocols that enable any form of distributed processing to be performed using XML and Web-based technologies.

[Category=Data Management ]

Source: DataMentors, 28 August 2010 10:19:08, External

Web Services - A software system that can be accessed through the Internet and executed on a remote system that hosts the requested services.

[Category=Data Quality ]

Stibo Systems, 30 May 2011 07:59:25, External

Web Services - "Web services are self-contained, self-describing, modular applications that can be published, located, and invoked across the Web. Web services perform functions that can be anything from simple requests to complicated business processes. Once a Web service is deployed, other applications (and other Web services) can discover and invoke the deployed service."

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: Open Geospatial Consortium, 12 July 2011 08:03:34, External

web services - In its simplest form, the definition of a web service is a communication between two applications; not between a person and an application, for example.

As standards organizations like W3C and OASIS developed technology based on XML, the definition has become more exclusively used to describe standards based on these technologies. An important premise to web services is that they are independent of the processes on which they run. A web service that provides the temperature in a given zip code does this independently of the method used to request the information, for example. Obviously, standards still have to be used but this abstraction preserves the focus of the service: what the service does, provides the temperature by zip code; not how it does it.

The abstraction also means that these services can be provided regardless of the programming language or the operating systems involved, which makes them perfect for business to business (B2B) transactions where the underlying IT architectures at each business may have little in common.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: RSA, 24 August 2011 07:54:39, External

Web service - [Internet] A software component accessible over the World Wide Web for use in other applications. Web services are built using industry standards such as XML and SOAP, and thus are not dependent on any particular operating system or programming language, allowing access to them through a wide range of applications.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: esri, 11 October 2012 13:39:32, External 

Web services (application services) - Web services (sometimes called application services) are services (usually including some combination of programming and data, but possibly including human resources as well) that are made available from a business's Web server for Web users or other Web-connected programs. Providers of Web services are generally known as application service providers. Web services range from such major services as storage management and customer relationship management (CRM) down to much more limited services such as the furnishing of a stock quote and the checking of bids for an auction item. The accelerating creation and availability of these services is a major Web trend.

Users can access some Web services through a peer-to-peer arrangement rather than by going to a central server. Some services can communicate with other services and this exchange of procedures and data is generally enabled by a class of software known as middleware. Services previously possible only with the older standardized service known as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) increasingly are likely to become Web services. Besides the standardization and wide availability to users and businesses of the Internet itself, Web services are also increasingly enabled by the use of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) as a means of standardizing data formats and exchanging data. XML is the foundation for the Web Services Description Language (WSDL).

As Web services proliferate, concerns include the overall demands on network bandwidth and, for any particular service, the effect on performance as demands for that service rise. A number of new products have emerged that enable software developers to create or modify existing applications that can be "published" (made known and potentially accessible) as Web services.

Related glossary terms: Web Services Description Language (WSDL), Java Messaging Service (JMS), appliance computing, Java Naming Directory Interface (JNDI), table, redirection, WS-AtomicTransaction (WS-AT), Portal Markup Language (PML), URI (Uniform Resource Identifier), Internet map

[Category=Data Management ]

Source:, 17 September 2013 08:28:19, External

Web-Service - Online-Dienst, der sich der Web-Technologie zum Austausch von Leistungen und Daten bedient. Ein nahe stehender Begriff ist SaaS. Das bedeutet "Software as a Service" und meint den reinen Austausch von Leistungen, die in der Regel mittels Software erstellt werden.

[Category=Data Quality ]

Source: Uniserv, 12 January 2014 08:57:47, External


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