This specification contains requirements for service descriptions in the context of System Wide Information Management (SWIM) in Europe.
Service descriptions describe implemented information services.
The requirements focus on the minimum content of a service description to be produced by an information service provider. The content includes a description of what a service does, how a service works, how to access a service, and other information for consuming such service. This means that the service description contains the information needed by an information service consumer to use, or consider using, the service.