Extending Loosely Coupled Federated Information Systems Using Agent Technology
Manoj A. Thomas (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA), Victoria Y. Yoon (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA) and Richard Redmond (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
Copyright: © 2009
Different FIPA-compliant agent development platforms are available for developing multiagent systems. FIPA compliance ensures interoperability among agents across different platforms. Although most agent implementation platforms provide some form of white- and yellow-page functionalities to advertise and identify agent roles and descriptions, there are no clear architectural standards that define how an agent community can effortlessly adapt to operate in a federated information system (FIS) where new content sources are constantly added or changes are made to existing content sources. This chapter presents a framework based on the semantic Web vision to address extensibility in a loosely coupled FIS.