Intelligent software web agents: A gap analysis

Kirrane, Sabrina ORCID: (2021) Intelligent software web agents: A gap analysis. Journal of Web Semantics, 71. p. 100659. ISSN 1570-8268

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Semantic web technologies have shown their effectiveness, especially when it comes to knowledge representation, reasoning, and data integration. However, the original semantic web vision, where by machine readable web data could be automatically actioned upon by intelligent software web agents, has yet to be realised. In order to better understand the existing technological opportunities and challenges, in this paper we examine the status quo in terms of intelligent software webagents, guided by research with respect to requirements and architectural components, coming from the agents community. We use the identified requirements to both further elaborate on the semantic web agent motivating use case scenario, and to summarise different perspectives on the requirements from the semantic web agent literature. We subsequently propose a hybrid semantic web agent architecture, and use the various components and subcomponents in order to provide a focused discussion in relationto existing semantic web standards and community activities. Finally, we highlight open research opportunities and challenges and take abroader perspective of the research by discussing the potential for intelligent software web agents as an enabling technology for emerging domains, such as digital assistants, cloud computing, and the internet of things.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research is funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund and the Internet Foundation Austria under the FWF Elise Richter and netidee SCIENCE programmes as project number V 759-N.
Keywords: Intelligent software agents, Agent architectures, Intelligent software webagents, Webstandards
Divisions: Departments > Wirtschaftsinformatik u. Operations Mgmt > Wirtschaftsinformatik und Neue Medien
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Minor
Depositing User: Sabrina Kirrane
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 13:39
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 15:23
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