Tenth Anniversasy of CoopIS: Cooperative Information Systems Then and Now
The idea of focusing research on a new type of information system was launched with a series of workshops, held at IJCAI’91 in Sydney (Australia), Niagara-on-the-Lake (Canada), Como (Italy) and Dagstuhl (Germany). This idea gained a foothold in the research establishment with the First International Conference on (Intelligent and) Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS for short) held in Rotterdam in 1993, and never looked back since then.
We review some of the early proposals put forward in those early days, and how these have evolved over the years. We also outline our current work, which assumes that cooperative information systems of the future will be agent-oriented software systems combining some of the features of multi-agent systems in AI with methodological principles and down-to-earth constructs from Software Engineering.