Table of Contents
Advances in Software Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 298037, 13 pages
Research Article

Accountability in Enterprise Mashup Services

1Centrin Data Systems, 1 Boxing 8th Road, Beijing 100176, China
2IBM Global Business Services, 348 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

Received 16 September 2012; Accepted 17 December 2012

Academic Editor: Xiaoying Bai

Copyright © 2013 Joe Zou and Chris Pavlovski. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As a result of the proliferation of Web 2.0 style web sites, the practice of mashup services has become increasingly popular in the web development community. While mashup services bring flexibility and speed in delivering new valuable services to consumers, the issue of accountability associated with the mashup practice remains largely ignored by the industry. Furthermore, realizing the great benefits of mashup services, industry leaders are eagerly pushing these solutions into the enterprise arena. Although enterprise mashup services hold great promise in delivering a flexible SOA solution in a business context, the lack of accountability in current mashup solutions may render this ineffective in the enterprise environment. This paper defines accountability for mashup services, analyses the underlying issues in practice, and finally proposes a framework and ontology to model accountability. This model may then be used to develop effective accountability solutions for mashup environments. Compared to the traditional method of using QoS or SLA monitoring to address accountability requirements, our approach addresses more fundamental aspects of accountability specification to facilitate machine interpretability and therefore enabling automation in monitoring.