List of Web Service Specifications

There are a variety of specifications associated with web services. These specifications are in varying degrees of maturity and are maintained or supported by various standards bodies and entities. These specifications are the basic web services framework established by first-generation standards represented by WSDL, SOAP, and UDDI.[1] Specifications may complement, overlap, and compete with each other. Web service specifications are occasionally referred to collectively as "WS-*", though there is not a single managed set of specifications that this consistently refers to, nor a recognized owning body across them all.

"WS-*" is a prefix used to indicate specifications associated with web services and there exist many WS-* standards including WS-Addressing, WS-Discovery, WS-Federation, WS-Policy, WS-Security, and WS-Trust. This page includes many of the specifications that might be considered a part of "WS-*".

Web service standards listings

These sites contain documents and links about the different Web Services standards identified on this page.

  • IBM Developerworks: Standard and Web Service[2]
  • innoQ's WS-Standard Overview ("Diagram" (PDF).)
  • MSDN .NET Developer Centre: Web Service Specification Index Page
  • OASIS Standards and Other Approved Work
  • Open Grid Forum Final Document
  • XML CoverPage
  • W3C's Web Services Activity

XML specification

Messaging Specification

Metadata Exchange Specification

Security Specification


Reliable Messaging Specifications

Resource Specifications

Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) specification

These specifications provide additional information to improve interoperability between vendor implementations.

Business process specifications

Transaction specifications

Management specifications

Presentation-oriented specification

Draft specifications

  • WS-Provisioning - Describes the APIs and schemas necessary to facilitate interoperability between provisioning systems in a consistent manner using Web services



  • ISO/IEC 19784-2:2007 Information technology -- Biometric application programming interface -- Part 2: Biometric archive function provider interface
  • ISO 19133:2005 Geographic information -- Location-based services -- Tracking and navigation
  • ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 Information technology -- Service management -- Part 1: Specification
  • ISO/IEC 20000-2:2005 Information technology -- Service management -- Part 2: Code of practice
  • ISO/IEC 24824-2:2006 Information technology -- Generic applications of ASN.1: Fast Web Services
  • ISO/IEC 25437:2006 Information technology -- Telecommunications and information exchange between systems -- WS-Session -- Web Services for Application Session Services

See also


  1. ^ "Web Service Extensions". Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ IBM Developerworks: Standard and Web Service
  3. ^ "SOAP-over-UDP v1.1". Retrieved 2017.

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