The service registry - The service registry has at least two antecedents: first is the document repository and the second a UDDI registry. The term service registry may be a misnomer since the registry is also a repository of service meta-data. A service registry is quite useful in the following stages of the service lifecycle as an information store of service meta-data:
Work is underway by consortia like OASIS, IEEE, W3C, IETF and WS-I , to define standards and specifications around SOA. While some may view it as standards overload, there undoubtedly is a case for defining guidelines on service specification and service life-cycle processes. Best practices for using service registries in SOA governance and feature-set specification of a service registry are useful too. Standards, specifications and guidelines when defined, provide a good framework for using the service registry in SOA governance and consequently realizing the benefits of SOA adoption.
Regunath Balasubramanian leads the Technical Achiever Program at MindTree and is a practicing architect. He is an advocate of open source both in using and contributing. He blogs frequently on technology at http://regumindtrail.wordpress.com.