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Setting up OWLSBuilder in online mode with CXF gives the possibility of deploying services and having the OWL-S descriptions automatically generated on the fly where they contain OWLSBuilder annotations.

Service Deployment

Services may be deployed through any JAX-WS compatible environment (with some caveats - this is only tested using CXF - some users have reported problems with glassfish)

If you would like OWL-S descriptions to be deployed on the fly and published in an online repository then the following instructions will be of use. This requires the following:

  • That services are being published through Apache CXF using a spring configuration
  • Services are published under a path which is different from the servlet root (e.g. /cxfservices/ws/FooService rather than /cxfservice/FooService)

An example webapp is provided in source distribution, build it by running {{ ant build.webapp}} - this builds a webapp in the dist/webapp directory.


In addition to the standard CXF/Spring dependencies you will also need the following in your webapp

  • OWLSBuilder.jar
  • owls-api-3.0-bath.jar (and dependencies)
  • slf4j.jar
  • spring-mvc

For repository support you will also need:

  • quartz
  • alive-repository-server.jar

Images of the currently supported dependences are available from our anonymous SVN server here:

Webapp setup:

Assuming that you have a web.xml which looks something like this::

* add classpath:edu/bath/owlsbuilder/servlet/cxf/applicationContext.xml (required) to your contextConfiguration parameter

  • Create an owls servlet as follows:
  • And a mapping as follows:

The resulting web.xml should look something like:

create a file and put it into your webapp classpath (e.g. WEB-INF/classes) for example:

* The owlsbuilder.hostbase property is the URL which is prefixed before the context path when URLs are exposed to the outside world

  • The owlsbuilder.repositoryserver property sets the location of an Alive Repository - this can be used to discover referenced ontologies for generating OWL-S Descriptions


Finally Deploy the webapp to a compatible java servlet container (e.g. Tomcat/Jetty etc) - you should be able to view the list of semantic services by browsing to the page /servletname/owls/

If you want to register your services to be picked up by an ALIVE repository server the URL of the discovery file is : /servletname/owls/

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