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This page provides an overview of 199 articles related to 'web services', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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A web service is a method of communication between two electronic devices over a network. The W3C defines a "web service" as "a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. It has an interface described in a machine-processable format (specifically Web Services Description Language WSDL). Other systems interact with the web service in a manner prescribed by its description using SOAP messages, typically conveyed using HTTP with an XML serialization in conjunction with other Web-related standards." The W3C also states, "We can identify two major classes of web services, REST-compliant Web services, in which the primary purpose of the service is to manipulate XML representations of Web resources using a uniform set of "stateless" operations; and arbitrary Web services, in which the service may expose an arbitrary set of operations. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Web service)

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Metadata related to 'web services' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'web services': 199 (11.4% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'web services' across all Ariadne articles: 659
  • Average number of references to 'web services' per Ariadne article: 3.31
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'web services': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'web services': 2.4 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'web services':

  1. brian kelly (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. tracy gardner (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. shirley keane (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. andy powell (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. liz lyon (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Reference Books on the Web

Adam Hodgkin explores the range of electronic reference tools.

January 2002, issue30, feature article

RepoMMan: Delivering Private Repository Space for Day-to-day Use

Richard Green and Chris Awre describe work undertaken at the University of Hull to place Web services at the heart of its personalised digital repository provision.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Retooling Special Collections Digitisation in the Age of Mass Scanning

Constance Rinaldo, Judith Warnement, Tom Baione, Martin R. Kalfatovic and Susan Fraser describe results from a study to identify and develop a cost-effective and efficient large-scale digitisation workflow for special collections library materials.

July 2011, issue67, feature article

Serving Services in Web 2.0

Theo van Veen shows with the help of an example, how standardised descriptions of services can help users control the integration of services from different providers.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

Share. Collaborate. Innovate. Building an Organisational Approach to Web 2.0

Paul Bevan outlines the National Library of Wales' development of a strategic approach to meeting user needs in a post-Web 2.0 world.

October 2009, issue61, feature article

Showing Robots the Door

Ian Peacock explains how web robot access to your site can be controlled.

May 1998, issue15, tooled up

Six MLEs: More Similar Than Different

Paul Browning offers a technical review of the systems developed by the JISC 'Building MLEs in HE' (7/99) Programme

July 2003, issue36, feature article

Stargate: Exploring Static Repositories for Small Publishers

R. John Robertson introduces a project examining the potential benefits of OAI-PMH Static Repositories as a means of enabling small publishers to participate more fully in the information environment.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions

Leona Carpenter describes a JISC development programme tackling the organisational and technical challenges facing Higher and Further Education in the UK.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

Supporting Local Data Users in the UK Academic Community

Luis Martinez and Stuart Macdonald discuss the differing areas of expertise within the UK data libraries with particular reference to their relationship with National Data Centres, the role of the Data Information Specialists Committee - UK (DISC-UK) and other information specialists.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

SWORD: Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit

Julie Allinson, Sebastien Francois and Stuart Lewis describe the JISC-funded SWORD Project which has produced a lightweight protocol for repository deposit.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After

Lorcan Dempsey considers how the digital library environment has changed in the ten years since Ariadne was first published.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

The 2008 Mashed Museum Day and UK Museums on the Web Conference

Mia Ridge reports on the Mashed Museum day and the Museums Computer Group UK Museums on the Web Conference, held at the University of Leicester in June 2008.

July 2008, issue56, event report

The 7th Institutional Web Management Workshop

Catherine Ewart gives us her view of IWMW 2003, University of Kent, June 2003.

July 2003, issue36, event report

The European Library: Integrated Access to the National Libraries of Europe

Britta Woldering describes the findings of the recently completed EU Project The European Library, focusing on technical solutions and metadata development.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

The Glass of Fashion and the Mould of Form

Annette Lafford reports on the new image for NISS's WWW site.

November 1997, issue12, review

The Information Environment Service Registry: Promoting the Use of Electronic Resources

Amanda Hill outlines progress on the Information Environment Service Registry Project and explains what it will mean for service providers and portal developers.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

The Information Grid

Ariadne reports on a one-day workshop on 'an interoperable environment to support research, learning and teaching' held at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh, April 30, 2002.

July 2002, issue32, event report

The Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) 2012

Kirsty Pitkin reports on the 16th Institutional Web Management Workshop held at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower between 18 - 20 July 2012.

July 2012, issue69, event report

The JISC Information Environment and Web Services

Andy Powell and Liz Lyon look at possible relationships between the Web Services idea and earlier ideas about seamless access to information.

April 2002, issue31, feature article

The Library Catalogue in the New Discovery Environment: Some Thoughts

Lorcan Dempsey explores how the library catalogue will develop alongside evolving network discovery systems.

July 2006, issue48, feature article

The Management of Content: Universities and the Electronic Publishing Revolution

Philip Hunter attempts to throw some light on the low take up of content management systems (CMS) in the university sector.

June 2001, issue28, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: A Vision for the Future

Sophia Ananiadou describes NaCTeM and the main scientific challenges it helps to solve together with issues related to deployment, use and uptake of NaCTeM's text mining tools and services.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: Aims and Objectives

Sophia Ananiadou, Julia Chruszcz, John Keane, John McNaught and Paul Watry describe NaCTeM's plans to provide text mining services for UK academics.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

The Networked Library Service Layer: Sharing Data for More Effective Management and Cooperation

Janifer Gatenby identifies criteria for determining which data in various library systems could be more beneficially shared and managed at a network level.

July 2008, issue56, feature article

The Norwegian National Digital Library

Marianne Takle describes the National Library of Norway's digitisation strategy and how the National Library is taking on a key role in the country's digital library service.

July 2009, issue60, feature article

The Personalisation of the Digital Library

Michelle Perrott and Anne Ramsden report on the Joint Open University - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Seminar on Personalisation and Digital Libraries hosted at the Open University, October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

The REMAP Project: Steps Towards a Repository-enabled Information Environment

Richard Green and Chris Awre investigate what role a repository can play in enabling and supporting the management and preservation of its own digital content.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

The Second Digital Repositories Programme Meeting

Julie Allinson and Mahendra Mahey report on a 2-day JISC Digital Repositories Meeting focusing on project clusters working together and other related issues held by JISC in Warwick, UK over 27-28 March 2006.

April 2006, issue47, event report

The Tasks of the AHDS: Ten Years on

Alastair Dunning reviews 10 years in the history of the Arts and Humanities Data Service.

July 2006, issue48, feature article

The Video Active Consortium: Europe's Television History Online

Johan Oomen and Vassilis Tzouvaras provide an insight into the background and development of the Video Active Portal which offers access to television heritage material from leading archives across Europe.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

The Web Editor: From 'One Stop Shop' to Information Hierarchy

Rebecca Linford discusses the web editor role: from 'one stop shop' to information hierarchy.

June 1999, issue20, regular column

Tiny TV: Streaming Video on the Web

Philip Hunter squints at the world through RealPlayer and MediaPlayer windows.

December 1999, issue22, feature article

Towards Interoperabilty of European Language Resources

Sophia Ananiadou and colleagues describe an ambitious new initiative to accelerate Europe-wide language technology research, helped by their work on promoting interoperability of language resources.

July 2011, issue67, feature article

Uncovering User Perceptions of Research Activity Data

Cecilia Loureiro-Koechlin discusses the outcomes and lessons learned from user tests performed on the Oxford Blue Pages, a tool designed to display information about researchers and their activities at the University of Oxford.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

View from the Hill: Chris Zielinski

John MacColl meets Chris Zielinski, a champion of authors' rights.

July 1997, issue10, regular column

Virtual Research Environments: Overview and Activity

Michael Fraser provides an overview of the virtual research environment (VRE) and introduces three JISC-funded projects in which Oxford University is participating.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

Volcanic Eruptions Fail to Thwart Digital Preservation - the Planets Way

Matthew Barr, Amir Bernstein, Clive Billenness and Manfred Thaller report on the final Planets training event Digital Preservation - The Planets Way held in Rome over 19 - 21 April 2010.

April 2010, issue63, event report

We Do Not Know We Are Born (Digital)

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 54.

January 2008, issue54, editorial

Web 2.0: Building the New Library

Paul Miller explores some of the recent buzz around the concept of 'Web 2.0' and asks what it means for libraries and related organisations.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

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