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The 2005 IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2005) is the THIRD international conference focusing on Web Services. ICWS is a forum for researchers and industry practitioners 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 2005 is sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Services Computing and will be co-located with the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2005).

Web services are network-based application components with services-oriented architecture using standard interface description languages and uniform communication protocols. The program of ICWS 2005 will continue to feature research papers with a wide range of topics, focusing on difference aspects of IT services. Some of the topics include Web Services specifications and enhancements, Web Services discovery, Web Services security, Web Services based applications, Web Services standards and technologies, Web Services applications and solutions, Web Services realizations, semantic Web Services, and other emerging technologies or solutions.

As the most prestigious academic conference in the field of Web services, the 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 ). ICWS 2004 was held at Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego , California , July 6-9, 2004 . ICWS 2004 attracted about 250 registered participants from 22 countries and regions ( USA , UK , France , China , Spain , Germany , Austria , Italy , Japan , Canada , Singapore , Australia , India , Korea , Israel , Turkey , Ireland , Norway , Sweden , Brazil , Belgium , and Taiwan ). ICWS 2003 and ICWS 2004 have proven to be excellent catalysts for research and collaboration, and we fully expect that this ICWS 2005 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 belongs to everyone.

The theme of this joint IEEE conference on SERVICES is Bridge the Gap between Business Services and IT Services. Since Web Services is an IT technology, ICWS 2005 will put its focus on all aspects of IT infrastructure services. SCC 2005 will concentrates on Business Services and the bridging technologies such as Business Strategy and Design, Business Process Integration and Management, SOA, and Grid and Utility Computing.


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