The 2004 IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2004) is the second international conference focusing on Web Services. ICWS is a forum for researchers and industry practioner to exchange information regarding advancements in the state of the art and practice of Web Services, as well as to identify the emerging research topics and define the future of Web Services computing. ICWS 2004 is sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Community for Services Computing (TCSC) .

Web services are network-based application components with services-oriented architecture using standard interface description languages and uniform communication protocols. Typical industry solution areas of Web services are business-to-business integration, business process integration and management, content management, e-sourcing, composite Web services creation, design collaboration for computer engineering, multimedia communication, digital TV, and interactive Web solutions. Currently, Grid computing has also started to leverage Web services to define standard interfaces for business services and generic reusable Grid resources.

As the first academic conference in the field of Web services, the 2003 First International Conference on Web Services ( ICWS'03 ) was held at the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23 - 26, 2003. Attracting hundreds of participants from 25 countries (USA, India, France, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Italy, Korea, Thailand, Finland, Austria, New Zealand, Poland, and Turkey). The sister event is 2003 International Conference on Web Services - Euprope ( ICWS-Europe'03 ), held in Erfurt, Germany, 2003-09-23 and 2003-09-24. ICWS'03 and ICWS-Europe'03 have proven to be an excellent catalyst for research and collaboration, and we fully expect that this ICWS 2004 conference will continue this trend.

The long-term goal of ICWS is to build up a reputable and respectable conference for the international community. It is very clear that the ICWS is belonging to everyone.


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