Ontological Support for the Evolution of Future Services Oriented Architectures


  • Bilal Gonen University of West Florida
  • Xingang Fang University of West Florida
  • Eman El-Sheikh University of West Florida
  • Sikha Bagui University of West Florida
  • Norman Wilde University of West Florida
  • Alfred Zimmermann Reutlingen University




Ontology, ontological modeling, services oriented architecture, software evolution, software maintenance, semantic support


Services Oriented Architectures (SOA) have emerged as a useful framework for developing interoperable, large-scale systems, typically implemented using the Web Services (WS) standards. However, the maintenance and evolution of SOA systems present many challenges. SmartLife applications are intelligent user-centered systems and a special class of SOA systems that present even greater challenges for a software maintainer. Ontologies and ontological modeling can be used to support the evolution of SOA systems. This paper describes the development of a SOA evolution ontology and its use to develop an ontological model of a SOA system. The ontology is based on a standard SOA ontology. The ontological model can be used to provide semantic and visual support for software maintainers during routine maintenance tasks. We discuss a case study to illustrate this approach, as well as the strengths and limitations.

Author Biographies

Bilal Gonen, University of West Florida

Dr. Bilal Gonen is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of West Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Nevada, Reno. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia. He received a B.E. in Computer Engineering in Turkey. Dr. Bilal Gonen’s teaching and research interests include Network Science, Social Network Analysis, Semantic Web, Computer Networks, Machine learning, Data Mining, Bioinformatics, programming in Java, C, C++, C#, Python.

Xingang Fang, University of West Florida

Xingang Fang, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor

Department of Chemistry

University of West Florida

Eman El-Sheikh, University of West Florida

Associate Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Health

Professor, Computer Science

Sikha Bagui, University of West Florida

Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science

Norman Wilde, University of West Florida

Nystul Chair and Professor

Department of Computer Science

Alfred Zimmermann, Reutlingen University

Professor, Computer Science


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How to Cite

Gonen, B., Fang, X., El-Sheikh, E., Bagui, S., Wilde, N., & Zimmermann, A. (2015). Ontological Support for the Evolution of Future Services Oriented Architectures. Transactions on Engineering and Computing Sciences, 2(6), 77. https://doi.org/10.14738/tmlai.26.784