TERENA Networking Conference 2000    

An Agent Architecture for a Virtual Research Digital Library

Pedro Isaias, The Portuguese Open University, Portugal

This paper argues that agents can help to structure and implement a digital library. An example of this is the Virtual Research Digital Library, which is presented in detail. This consists of an architecture of the following agents: user interface agent for authors, user interface agent for consumers, referee agent, publisher agent, directory agent, information retrieval agent, quantity agent, and broker agent. For each of these agents its role is briefly explained. This paper also shows how the agents can contribute and play an active role in the electronic publishing process and how the whole-proposed architecture sets an electronic commerce framework between publishers, authors and consumers. For these mentioned parties the VRDL advantages are presented. The traditional vs. electronic publishing processes are referred in detail to show the new approaches and agents roles and the benefits within the electronic commerce framework are described for the participating parties.

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