This part is dedicated to integration of web-based Information Systems. It aims at addressing issues that arise when designers want to assemble pieces of Information Systems accessible by the means of web services. Since the arrival of Ahmed Lbath (in March 2012), the studies involved in this axis are conducted as a part of a broader project whose main goal is to design and implement a software system which provides context-aware personalized services for mobile users. This project is partially funded by European Union’s Erasmus Mundus project “Sustainable e-tourism, Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme”.
More precisely, the issues addressed are related to mobile computing, and more specifically to system design, software architecture, expansion of information systems, distributed and heterogeneous resource access and integration (indexing and querying in highly distributed and heterogeneous environments), quality of service requirements (in presence of limited bandwidth and service discontinuity), and information synchronization when switching between connected and disconnected mode. Challenges we attempt to respond are those related to: i) new models for user’s privacy preservation in clustering and context aware recommendation (Mou Lei’s PhD Thesis, funded by the European Commission), ii) semantic composition of recommended services into a composite service, and execution of the resulting composite service (Pathathai Na Lumpoon’s PhD Thesis, funded by the European Commission), iii) discovery of services and recommendation (Isaac Caicedo’s PhD Thesis, supported by COLCIENCIAS-COLFUTURO Colombia (convocatoria 528 de 2011) scholarship, and also founded by the University of Cordoba in Colombia).