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Towards an Advertising Business Model for Web Service Mashups

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Executive Summary

On the Internet, the advertising business model is a cornerstone of many service businesses. This paper proposes an advertising business model for machine-oriented Web Services and describe the guiding principles for its mechanisms and implementation. It is not straightforward to make the advertising business method feasible for machine-oriented Web Services, since advertising only makes sense if the human users of a service see the ads. In the proposed business model, a non-human service consumer incurs an obligation to the providers of services it uses to display the advertising they have specified. In addition this obligation can be delegated to yet another service consumer if the later consumer is using a service provided by the earlier non-human consumer.

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