Towards a Commitment-based Reference Ontology for Services

The concept of "service" has been characterized by different disciplines and authors from various points of view. The variety of characterizations reveals that this notion, although an intuitive one, is far from trivial. Given the importance of services in enterprise computing and Service Science in general, we believe that a clear account of services and service-related concepts is necessary and would serve as a basis for communication, consensus and alignment of various approaches and perspectives. In this paper we propose a commitment-based account of the notion of service captured in a core reference ontology called UFO-S. We address the commitments established between service providers and customers, and show how such commitments affect the service lifecycle. We show that the commitment-based account can serve to harmonize different notions of service in the literature.

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Nardi, J. C.
de Almeida Falbo, R.
Almeida, J. P. A.
Guizzardi, G.
Pires, L. F.
van Sinderen, M. J.
Guarino, N.
IEEE Computer Society,, Los Alamitos, Calif. , Stati Uniti d'America
IEEE, New York, USA
17th. IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference (EDOC), pp. 175–184, Vancouver, 9-13/9/2013
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