Hello there, Sammy.
Thanks for providing those additional links...they were a big help.
I think you will find that there are several concrete examples -- in
addition to the ones you found already -- of descriptions of a web
service marketplace that are dated January 2003 or earlier. Some of
them are right on the money, while others are a bit more tangential
(or not described in great detail), but I've included them all here to
add to the weight of evidence regarding your prior art query.
Here are the key examples I identified:
Epicentric will launch Web Services Marketplace
Epicentric Unveils Web Services E-Hub
March 21, 2001
...Epicentric, a San Francisco-based company that develops and deploys
e-business portals, has officially launched its Web Services
Marketplace...The new e-marketplace provides users with a library of
support information for building and maintaining Web services,
including best practices, FAQs, tutorials, code samples and discussion
boards. Customers can also search a catalog of Web services including
industry-specific Web services for vertical markets.
The Epicentric Web Services Marketplace is described in considerable
detail in this archived page from their website, dated March 31, 2001.
The service includes purchase options for Epicentric services, as
well as a component for selling third-party services:
Web Services Marketplace
The Epicentric Web Services Marketplace is a global e-business center
designed to serve Epicentric's growing network of customers and
partners. The Epicentric Web Services Marketplace features the
interactive community and resources needed to purchase and exchange
Web services for use with Epicentric powered e-business networks and
to collaborate and develop Web services and modules using the
Features of the Epicentric Web Services Marketplace include:
The Store is designed for the purchase and license of Epicentric
produced and/or recommended Web services and modules. In the Store you
will find a complete and current list of Epicentric's available Web
The Exchange features listings of third-party produced and supported
Web services and modules. Join Epicentric in co-marketing and selling
your services to our extensive e-business network community.
[This paper is undated -- and obtusely academic -- but I at least
wanted you to be aware of it, even if it is of only marginal value]
A Web Service Market Model based on Dependencies
The construction of composite Web Services from service fragments
requires semantic descriptions of service offers and service requests.
We propose the use of dependencies as a modeling concept to describe
service requests and service offers and outline a Web Service Market,
that constructs composite services, offered by a temporary network of
economically independent service providers, by resolving dependencies
based on coordination theory.
In our work we capture the semantic characteristics of Web Services
offers and requests using a set of dependencies. We described a
marketplace to construct executable service flows by resolving
dependencies. The modeling with dependencies makes it possible to
match process parts on different abstraction/specialization levels.
Secondly we stress the role of trust-enabling services in the market
architecture and develop a framework for integrating different trust
October 8, 2002
NTT Com to Launch Asia's First UDDI Registry on October 9
...NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today that on
October 9 it will launch Asia's first UDDI Business Registry1
(www.ntt.com/uddi/) based on the Universal Description, Discovery and
Integration (UDDI) specifications, joining IBM, Microsoft and SAP in
providing a completely open public registry with a standard access
method for companies to register their services and search for
business partners' services online.
...As part of registering its own services in the registry, NTT Com
plans to develop new business-to-business (B2B) Web Services2 and
thereby establish the company as a new leader in this field.
The Flash-db Web Services Directory
Overview: The Flash-db Web Services directory is a place to discover
new web services and find detailed descriptions of their usage. This
directory is unique in that all of the clients listed for services
where designed in the SWF file format (flash). This offers a unique
way to consume, distribute, and display dynamic content from various
Bowstreet boosts B2B software
Network World, 03/13/2000
...Bowstreet will launch its Business Web Exchange, an online
community for companies offering Web services based on Bowstreet's
technology. The exchange will feature a free version of Bowstreet's
Marketplace Edition software that supports up to 10 users as well as
moderated forums for business-to-business Web site developers. The
company already has signed up 20 Web service publishers to offer their
wares on the exchange, but officials plan to have hundreds of
publishers listed eventually.
..."With the Business Web Exchange, companies can take their core
competencies and put them in a box so that other businesses can find
them," explains Steve Chazin, senior product marketing manager at
Bowstreet. Examples of services that companies might want to offer on
the site include package tracking, insurance quotes and mortgage loan
rates, he adds.
...The exchange is "a great Trojan horse," Hurwitz says. "In these
days, where it's hard to get the attention of the marketplace,
companies are finding that being able to give somebody a taste test of
your product's features is a good way to allow people to understand
what you're doing."
[More on Bowstreet from their archived website from 2001]
...The Bowstreet? Business Web Exchange fuels B2B revolution with
first-of-its-kind "web services" marketplace
...Bowstreet' Business Web Exchange, an open Internet community where
companies can find, acquire and customize other companies' "web
services" from the Exchange, as well as publish web services to it to
build their businesses in ways they never imagined.
...The Bowstreet Business Web Exchange is prompting the most
significant transformation in the software industry in 30 years.
Bowstreet is transforming the World Wide Web from a collection of
hard-wired web sites into a dynamic and fluid web of interconnected
businesses. Companies will form instant B2B web connections to sell
products they've never sold before in ways they've never imagined to
customers they never knew existed. Multi-company "business webs" will
turn the Internet into "the" medium for commerce, not just an
July 04 2001
...what will the Web Services landscape look like in a few years time,
once the dust has settled? Will it be dominated by a small number of
big players, perhaps led by Microsoft, selling their wares to the rest
of the world much as they do today, or a more differentiated,
distributed model, wherein any number of smaller companies make their
services available to businesses in a free B2B marketplace?
Primordial Releases Industry's First Product Designed to Manage
Consumption of Web Services
WSBANG! - Web Services Broker and Network Gateway
Oct. 17, 2001
...Leading Web services consultancy Primordial today
announced the release of WSBANG! 1.0, an SNMP-compliant Web services
proxy designed to help IT organizations master the paradigm shift
towards Web services.
...WSBANG! - pronounced "WHIZ-bang" - gives IT central control over Web
services consumption policies, as well as providing significant
value-adds. It plugs into corporate networks and provides caching,
monitoring, metering, micropayment tracking, reporting, and security and
encryption. It allows IT managers to set Web services policy centrally
and enforce it consistently across the enterprise
As you can see, it's quite a mixed bag of early information pertaining
to web services marketplace tools. Nonetheless, when combined with
the links you already have, I think these would collectively give you
a good overview of the pre-2003 activity in this area.
I trust this information fully answers your question.
However, please do not rate this answer until you have everything you
need. If there's anything more I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification, and I'm at your service.
search strategy -- Searched Google, and several newspaper databases, for:
[ "web services" market-place OR marketplace OR broker OR
intermediary 1997..2002 ]