Distributed information management with XML and Web services

Serge Abiteboul, INRIA-Rocquencourt, France

XML and Web services are revolutioning the automatic management of distributed information somewhat in the same way HTML, Web browser and search engines modified human access to world wide information management.  We discuss how this is changing distributed data management. We present Active XML that is based on embedding Web service calls inside XML documents. We mention novel research issues in this setting.