Ontology management for agent development

Kwun Tak Ng, Qin Lu, Yu Le

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The content of agent messages is often defined according to some ontology through which agents can communicate with each other based on a common vocabulary. However, when ontology evolves, the existing agents may not be able to communicate properly with new agents built on the evolved ontology unless existing agents are redesigned or re-implemented. In this paper, we propose an ontology management platform called Onto Wrap with three distinct components. Firstly it maintains an ontology repository which keeps track of changes to ontology so that the relationship between different versions of ontology and their extensions are maintained. Secondly, it maintains a service repository which links ontology with agent service specifications so that different implantations of an ontology are also maintained. Thirdly, based on the ontology versioning and service specifications, a wrapping service framework is provided for the automatic generation of adapter agents for existing agents to make use of new services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1411-1418
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
Volume2773 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Event7th International Conference, KES 2003 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20035 Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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