The dynamics of the UMDL service market society

Edmund H. Durfee, Tracy Mullen, Sunju Park, José M. Vidal, Peter Weinstein

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One of our goals when building the University of Michigan Digital Library (UMDL) has been to prototype an architecture that can continually reconfigure itself as users, contents, and services come and go. We have worked toward this goal by developing 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 and protocols offered by this infrastructure as the Service Market Society (SMS). Within the SMS, agents are able to find, work with, and even try to outsmart each other, as each agent attempts to accomplish the tasks for which it was created. When we open the door to decentralized decision-making among self-interested agents, there is a risk that the system will degenerate into chaos. In this paper, we describe the protocols, services, and agent abilities embedded in the SMS infrastructure that combat such chaos while permitting flexibility, extensibility, and scalability of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCooperative Information Agents II
Subtitle of host publicationLearning, Mobility and Electronic Commerce for Information Discovery on the Internet - 2nd International Workshop, CIA 1998, Proceedings
EditorsMatthias Klusch, Gerhard Weiß
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)3540646760, 9783540646761
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Event2nd International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents, CIA 1998 - Paris, France
Duration: 1998 Jul 41998 Jul 7

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Workshop on Cooperative Information Agents, CIA 1998

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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