Journal of Database Management (JDM)


Special Issue on

“XML Data Services: Technology Evolution and Challenges”


The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is used to represent fine-grained data that originates in repositories in machine readable format by providing structure and the possibility of adding type information, such as XML Schema. A Web service is a software system that supports interoperable application-to-application interaction over the Internet. Web services are based on a set of XML standards, such as Web Services Description Language (WSDL), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI). Each service makes its functionality available through well-defined or standardized XML interfaces. The result of this approach is a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). XML is playing an important role in the data transport protocol for Web services. For example, SOAP messages are used both by service requestors to invoke Web services, and by Web services to answer requests. The interactions of SOAP messages between Web services form the theoretical model of SOAP Message Exchange Patterns (MEP). This workshop aims to explore and investigate various research issues of XML data that is encapsulated by Web services over the network. In particular, we call these networked services as XML data services. New challenges arise in the study of services engineering, an emerging research area devoted to the software engineering of service-oriented applications. Services engineering is an important area of the Services Computing Discipline, as promoted by the IEEE Computer Society, ACM, academia and industry. Its goal is to formulate effective solutions to the quality development, deployment and management of these applications. Topics of interest include, but are NOT limited to:


  • Services engineering in XML data services
  • Models and languages of XML data services
  • Design and implementation of XML data services
  • Interoperability and integration of XML data services
  • Requirements engineering for XML data services
  • Generation of XML data from Web services
  • Data modeling concepts for XML data in Web services
  • Ontology and semantic Web services
  • Security, privacy and trust with XML data services
  • Transaction management in XML data services
  • BPEL and Web service orchestration with XML data
  • XML-related languages like XML Schema, XPath, XQuery for Web services
  • Convergence of Web services and XML database technology (queries, views, updates, integration, etc.)
  • XML-based middleware for Web services
  • SOAP Message Exchange Patterns
  • UDDI, WSDL and SOAP enhancements
  • Case studies for XML data services
  • Quality of XML data services and deployment issues
  • Dependability of XML data services
  • Technical architecture and framework of XML data services
  • Design tools and methodologies for XML data services
  • Usage and usefulness analysis of XML data services



The goal of this proposed special issue is to crystallize the emerging XML data technologies and trends into positive efforts to focus on the most promising solutions in e-business services computing. The papers will provide clear proof that XML data technologies are playing an ever increasing important and critical role in supporting business service processes. It is also expected that the papers will further research new best practices and directions in XML data services.



Author Instructions


Submissions to this special issue will be required to have some theoretical\/experimental/empirical results. Authors should create an account and submit via our online submission system at  


Papers must be submitted as either a Word file or PDF. For detailed submission information, please refer to “Guidelines for Submission” at



Important Dates


Submissions due:                                April 2, 2007

Review Outcome:                               July 2, 2007

Revision Due:                                     October 1, 2007

Acceptance/Rejection Notification:    November 5, 2007

Final Paper Due:                                 November 26, 2007


Special Issue Co-Editors


Patrick C. K. Hung

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada


Chengfei Liu

Faculty of Information and Communication Technology

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia



For further information about submissions, please contact Patrick C. K. Hung by email at