Submission request to W3C (W3C Team Comment)

WSMO-Lite Submission

Submitted Materials

We, W3C Members The Open University, Ontotext AD, Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), and University of Manchester hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification, comprising the following document attached hereto:

  1. WSMO-Lite

which is referred to as "the Submission". We request the Submission be known as the WSMO-Lite Submission.


In this submission we define a lightweight set of semantic service descriptions in RDFS that can be used for annotations of various WSDL elements using the SAWSDL annotation mechanism. These annotations cover functional, behavioral, nonfunctional and information semantics of Web services, and are intended to support tasks such as (semi-)automatic discovery, negotiation, composition and invocation of services. We exploit RDF and RDFS as well as their various extensions such as OWL and RIF for semantic service descriptions.

Intellectual Property Statements

The statements below concerning Copyrights, Trade and Service Marks, and Patents, have been made by the following people on behalf of their affiliated organizations:


The Open University, Ontotext AD, Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), and University of Manchester each hereby grants to the W3C, a perpetual, nonexclusive, royalty-free, world-wide right and license under any of its copyrights in this contribution to copy, publish and distribute the contribution under the W3C document licenses.

Additionally, should the Submission be used as a contribution towards a W3C Activity, each of these organizations grants a right and license of the same scope to any derivative works prepared by the W3C and based on, or incorporating all or part of, the contribution. Each of these organizations further agrees that any derivative works of this contribution prepared by the W3C shall be solely owned by the W3C.

Should the Submission not be used as a contribution towards a W3C Activity, change control of the Submission shall remain with the Submitters.

Trade and Service Marks

The Open University, Ontotext AD, Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), and University of Manchester agree that the trade and service marks that are associated with and identify this specific Submission will be governed by the W3C Trademark and Servicemark License .


The Open University, Ontotext AD, and Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), and University of Manchester agree to offer licenses according to the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements described in section 5 of the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy for any portion of the Submission that is subsequently incorporated in a W3C Recommendation.

Required proprietary technology

No proprietary technology is required to implement the specifications contained in this submission.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium consider this as an input for work in a new Lightweight Semantic Web Service Description incubator group or working group at W3C.


To help with this work, each submitting organization expects, but does not explicitly commit to this, to be able to provide members of the working group. The Open University further expects to be able to provide editors for the deliverables of the working group.


Inquiries from the public or press about this Submission should be directed to John B. Domingue, j.b.domingue at open.ac.uk.


23 August, 2010,

John B. Domingue, The Open University,
Atanas Kiryakov, Ontotext AD,
Andreas Abecker, Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI),
Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester