Mobile information agents on the web
Information acquisition from the distributed and rich resources of the World Wide Web is confronted with the following situation: there are only a few entry points for finding the right information, there is too much net traffic for information acquisition, and there is no coordination between different users.
This leads to the well known problems encountered when searching for information: there is a considerable delay time using search engines, the quality of the results is in general poor, it is difficult to access the appropriate information, and the overall costs for complete satisfaction of the user's needs are considerably high. Unfortunately, these problems will not diminish; the situation will even worsen due to the exponential growth of the number of users and the information available. Current approaches handling these drawbacks such as empowering search engines oder raising the bandwidth are not able to keep up.
In this paper we present a new design for distributed information systems using mobile agent techniques. Our approach overcomes the unbalanced structure of the WWW, reduces net traffic in this medium, supports automatic user grouping, information sharing and information space modeling.
Keywordsinformation agents information retrieval mobile agents agent system design information systems user grouping internet
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