Summary: Web Service Based Data Management for
Zuse-Institute Berlin (ZIB)
Web Services play an important role in providing an interface between end user applications and the
underlying technologies. Being the base for distributed, decentralized systems, web services replace closed,
centralized systems increasingly. Distributed collaborative systems represent the next step for the
accomplishment of increasingly more becoming tasks. They promise a more flexible use of available
resources as well as higher scalability, robustness, manageability, and extensibility. A promising and
innovative new technology for developing distributed collaborative systems is given by Grid computing. In
this paper we describe a web service which is responsible for the realization of the necessary remote data
access and data management. This service can be used by persons or application to register and manage
replicas of data sets. The communication between the service and clients is realized by the exchange of
standardized XML messages using the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). Consequently, this data
management service is platform, programming language and system neutral.
Collaborative Environments, Data Management, SOAP.