The UMDL Service Market Society

José M. Vidal, Tracy Mullen, Peter Weinstein,
Edmund H. Durfee
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Michigan
1101 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2110
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One of our goals when building the University of Michigan Digital Library (UMDL) was to provide an architecture for a digital library that can continually reconfigure itself as users, contents, and services come and go. This has been achieved by the development of a multi-agent infrastructure with agents that buy and sell services from each other using our commerce and communication protocols. We refer to the services/protocols offered by this infrastructure as the Service Market Society (SMS). The SMS allows for the decentralized (scalable) ongoing configuration of an extensible set of users and services. We describe the protocols, services and agents that embody the UMDL SMS and show how they achieve our stated goals.

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Jose M. Vidal
Tue Sep 30 14:35:40 EDT 1997