Burg, J. and Dale, J. and Willmott, S.
Open Standards and Open Source for Agent-Based Systems.
AgentLink News (6).
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he world is becoming more connected. Internet usage is growing explosively, mobile data services are reaching users worldwide and businesses are moving to the web to connect with the customers, suppliers and partners. Agent technology has the potential to play a key role in this "revolution" by automating processes, enriching
system-system communication and bringing more intelligent service provision. To realise this potential, agents require standards; they need to communicate to discover their peers, to negotiate and to co-operate in an open environment where everybody can add their contribution when and how it is deemed appropriate.
This article provides an update on the ongoing FIPA Agent standardisation effort at a time when agent standards seem more relevant than ever. Briefly covered are the new
structure of FIPA, recent advances, the current set of specifications, and an overview of current open source implementations and ongoing/future activities.
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