An ontological approach for defining agents for collaborative systems

Publisher:
Springer
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Web Information systems engineering, 2005, pp. 81 - 94
Issue Date:
2005-01
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Collaboration has become important especially in knowledge intensive applications. Computer support systems for collaborative work on The Web, however, usually grow in an ad-hoc manner. The paper suggests two reasons for such an ad-hoc approach. One is a lack of methods to map collaborative requirements into collaborative workspaces. The other is that collaborative processes themselves change over time. The paper proposes a metamodel that provides an ontology to support collaborative process modelling and use these to define generic agents, which can assist users to set up and change collaborative workspaces. The metamodel itself integrates social, organizational and workflow semantics providing the ability to describe complex collaborative processes. The metamodel concepts and the corresponding agents are generic in nature and the paper will describe ways to map such generic concepts to specific domain applications
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