This specification contains requirements for describing implemented information services within the context of Initial System Wide Information Management (iSWIM). In order for service consumers to make good use of the available information services, it is essential that service descriptions cover the service consumers’ needs. Therefore, the requirements focus on the service description that a service provider makes available to service consumers.
More specifically, the requirements prescribe the minimum set of elements to be contained by a service description in order for a service consumer to discover a service, consider using a service, or implement a service consuming client.
The requirements ensure that a service description covers the information needs of business experts, operational experts and technical experts, more particularly in terms of: what a service does, how a service works, how to access a service, and other information for consuming a service.