DReggie: Semantic Service Discovery for M-Commerce Applications

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The emergence of mobile devices and wireless networks has created a new path in the field of e-commerce: “mcommerce”. Significant research is needed, in the field of service discovery, to support m-commerce applications. Various new applications, that would use services available to a mobile device from both the fixed network backbone and peer mobile devices in its proximity, are being developed. M-commerce applications have the challenging task of discovering services in a dynamically changing environment. The DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) is an important tool in the process of developing the Semantic Web. In this paper, we present a dynamic service discovery infrastructure that uses DAML to describe services and a Prolog reasoning engine to perform matching using the semantic content of service descriptions. We believe that the architecture we have designed is a necessary component of any m-commerce infrastructure.