A Systematic Literature Review on Service Description Methods

Abelneh Y. Teka, Nelly Condori-Fernandez, Brahmananda Sapkota

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    [Context and Motivation] As a result of recent trends in enhancing Service Oriented Requirement Engineering activities, a number of service description methods have been proposed for describing services. The availability of different service description methods can give developers a range of options to choose from so that they can have an appropriate description method that fits best their services. [Question/problem] But there is neither holistic information on service description methods nor a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each service description method. The aim of this paper is to identify problems of service descriptions that have been researched so far, and the techniques or methods available to tackle these problems. [Principle ideas/results] Thus, to gather this relevant information available in the literature, a systematic review was conducted. A total of 191 articles were examined, of which 24 articles focus on service description related concepts. The results show that, despite the recent efforts in describing the nonfunctional requirements of services through approaches like semantic annotations and policy attachments, there is still a lot to do in enhancing the description of quality aspects of services. Furthermore, this study reveals that a negligible effort is given to the description of consumer oriented services. [Contribution] This paper identifies and analyzes the current service description methods that exist in the literature and explains the pros and cons inherent to these methods.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication18th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality, REFSQ 2012
    EditorsBjörn Regnell, Daniela Damian
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-28713-8
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
    Event18th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 2012 - ATLANTIC Congress Hotel, Essen, Germany
    Duration: 19 Mar 201222 Mar 2012
    Conference number: 18

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference18th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 2012
    Abbreviated titleREFSQ 2012
    Internet address


    • METIS-286302
    • IR-80022
    • CR-D.2
    • Service description
    • EWI-21711
    • service oriented requirements engineering
    • systematic literature review
    • CR-A

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