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Interoperability Frameworks for Distributed Systems

Interoperability Frameworks for Distributed Systems
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Author(s): José Carlos Martins Delgado (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 13
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch570


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One of the fundamental problems to tackle when interconnecting distributed systems is to entail the minimum coupling possible while ensuring the minimum interoperability requirements. This article presents a solution to the coupling problem based on the concepts of compliance and conformance, in which compatibility between interacting services does not rely on a shared schema, but rather on the features that are actually used. To help systematizing the various aspects relevant to interoperability, this article proposes a multidimensional interoperability framework, which includes the following dimensions: Lifecycle (with typical development stages), Interoperability (based on compliance and conformance, with various layers of abstraction), and Concerns (to deal with non-functional aspects such as security, quality of service and social and legal issues).

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