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Requirements for Using Agent-Based Automation in Distributed e-Government Applications

  • Jarmo Korhonen
  • Lasse Pajunen
  • Juha Puustjärvi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2739)

Abstract

This paper describes some requirements for using software agents to automate many tasks in eGovernment applications. First, the architecture must be able to support workflow engines, transparent reliability, and security. Second, data must be presented in a format that can be understood by any system component that uses the data. Third, it must be possible to define processes in terms of distributed workflows. These processes may be originated from laws, internal guidelines, or technical specifications. The definitions must in any case be unambiguous, finite, deterministic, and refer only to public data structures. Agents can then be used to run the defined long-term workflows. We also present a sample Web service-based eGovernment service, based on new Finnish law governing government processes.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jarmo Korhonen
    • 1
  • Lasse Pajunen
    • 1
  • Juha Puustjärvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Software Business and Engineering InstituteHelsinki University of TechnologyHUTFinland

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