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NFPSLA-BOOK 2011 : Handbook of Research on Non-Functional Properties for Service-Oriented Systems: Future Directions


When Feb 28, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011
Where This is a Book
Abstract Registration Due Mar 31, 2010
Submission Deadline TBD
Categories    service   service oriented computing   service level agreements   non functional properties

Call For Papers

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 31, 2010
Handbook of Research on Non-Functional Properties for Service-oriented Systems: Future Directions
A book edited by Stephan Reiff-Marganiec, University of Leicester, UK and Marcel Tilly, EMIC Aachen, Germany

To be published by IGI Global:

This publication is part of the Advances in Knowledge Management (AKM) Book Series found at

Services and Service oriented Computing have emerged and matured over the last decade, bringing with it a plethora of available services that are selected by users and developers and composed into larger applications. In general, the functionality of a service as is the essential requirement for selecting it. However, if there is a choice of services that would suit, then other concerns called non-functional properties are considered in deciding which service to choose. The area of non-functional properties for services is quite wide, covering aspects from describing and classifying NFPs, obtaining values for them (either as part of the design or automatically during execution), and using NFPs for discriminating between services. In addition NFPs form an essential component in quality of service (QoS) guarantees – usually referred to as service level agreements (SLAs). Here, questions arise regarding describing SLAs, embedding NFPs in them, and providing assurance that NFPs are indeed adhered to. As orthogonal dimensions both NFPs and SLAs must be (1) managed and (2) can be general or domain specific.

Objective of the Book
The area described above is quite diverse and has been evolving very fast, with industrial contributions, standards bodies as well as academic work providing (partial) solutions to certain aspects. Various research domains provided approaches to describe, map, and use NFPs, such as the semantic web researchers as well as service-oriented focused academics. Therefore, there is a huge variety of different approaches and methods to address NFPs as well as SLAs. This handbook is intended to bring together results from the different communities and provide a clear overview of the work done, open problems and set clear directions for future work.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book is practitioners in industry as well as researchers in both industry and academia. The book will also be suitable as advanced reading for final year Undergraduate or Master students. In particular the envisioned mix of industrial and academic perspectives, which are not necessarily married up, in that many academic solutions do not address the industrial problems, will prove invaluable to both communities.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Models for Non-functional Properties
Languages for Non-functional properties
Obtaining Values for Non-functional Properties
Methods for expressing Non-functional requirements
Mapping Business-level Non-functional Properties to Implementation-level Properties
Management of Non-functional properties
Quality of Service
QoS monitoring and provisioning
Languages for Service Level Agreements
Evaluating Service Level Agreements
Monitoring Service Level agreements
Use of SLAs and NFPs in Service Selection, Service Description and Service Ranking
SLA Management
SLAs and Compliance
Tools and Middleware support for SLAs and NFPs
Industrial practice involving SLAs and NFPs
Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 31, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 30, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full Chapters for review are expected by August 30, 2010 with final chapters due by December 20, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Additional information regarding this publication can also be found at:

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates:
March 31, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 30, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
August 30, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
November 1, 2010: Review Result Returned
December 20, 2010: Final Chapter Submission
February 28, 2011: Deadline for Manuscript submission to publisher

Editorial Advisory Board Members:
Schahram Dustdar, TU Vienna, Austria
Peer Hasselmeyer, NEC, Germany
Flavio de Paoli, Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Bryan Stephenson, HP, UK
Ioan Toma, STI, Austria

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to: E-mail:

Stephan Reiff-Marganiec
Department of Computer Science
University of Leicester, UK
Tel.: +44 116 252 2603
Fax: +44 116 252 3915

Marcel Tilly
European Microsoft Innovation Centre, Germany
Tel.: +49 241 9978414

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