Social Abstractions for Information Agents

  • Munindar P. Singh
  • Michael N. Huhns


Most of the modern applications of computing technology arise in large-scale, open, information-rich environments. Open environments are distinguished by fact of having a number of networked and interrelated, but heterogeneous, information resources. The applications include ubiquitous information access, electronic commerce, virtual enterprises, logistics, and sensor integration, to name but a few. These applications differ from conventional database applications not only in the nature and variety of information they involve, but also in including a significant component that is beyond the information system. An information system must inevitably perform its immediate duties: create, store, transform, use, and dispose of information. However, as the above applications suggest, there is a large world outside the realm of pure information where reside physical and economic objects and organizational processes that manipulate them.


Multiagent System Electronic Commerce Resource Agent Virtual Enterprise Information Agent 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Munindar P. Singh
    • 1
  • Michael N. Huhns
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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