Open Source, Standards and Scaleable Agencies

  • Stefan Poslad
  • Phil Buckle
  • Rob Hadingham
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1887)


Numerous agencies and agent systems have been developed as vehicles to deliver novel types of e-commerce services to users. However service agents in one agency are often unable to interoperate or co-operate with agents from another vendor’s agency. Clearly, standardization in this area would help to create a more ubiquitous market and supporting infrastructure for agent-based services. We analyze the relevant standards for agents, highlighting the FIPA (Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents) agent standards. Standard specifications ought to be grounded within a practical framework, which provides a reference implementation for developers and users. We also highlight the importance of open agent systems and open source implementations and their role in seeding the market for agent technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Poslad
    • 1
  • Phil Buckle
    • 2
  • Rob Hadingham
    • 2
  1. 1.Technology and MedicineImperial College of ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.Nortel NetworksHarlowUK

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