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Re: PROV-ISSUE-4 (define-agent): Definition for Concept 'Agent' [Provenance Terminology]

From: Khalid Belhajjame <Khalid.Belhajjame@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:06:03 +0100
Message-ID: <4DEE688B.7020309@cs.man.ac.uk>
To: Jun Zhao <jun.zhao@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
CC: public-prov-wg@w3.org

Hi Jun,

> I guess the reason you propose to name "agent" as "controller" is that 
> you define agent has a controlling role in the executions. But to me, 
> an agent might have a more relaxed role. It might just perform, 
> participate etc the execution, without necessarily having a very 
> strong controlling effect.
You are right in the sense that I am relying mostly on the journalism 
example.  As far as I can tell, "agents" in the example "control"  
"process executions".
That is to say that I agree, "controller" may not be the perfect term if 
we want to cater for roles such as "participate", "observe", etc.

Thanks, khalid

>
> cheers,
>
> Jun
>
> On 06/06/11 19:38, Khalid Belhajjame wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I added a definition of the concept "agent".
>>
>> Definition: An agent is a (physical or digital) entity that controls one
>> or multiple process executions
>>
>> - The newspaper, the blogger and the government portal are examples of
>> agents
>>
>> I would prefer to use the term “controller” instead of “agent”. To me,
>> the term “agent” is a bit vague.
>>
>> Thanks, khalid
>>
>> On 20/05/2011 08:04, Provenance Working Group Issue Tracker wrote:
>>> PROV-ISSUE-4 (define-agent): Definition for Concept 'Agent' 
>>> [Provenance Terminology]
>>>
>>> http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/track/issues/4
>>>
>>> Raised by: Luc Moreau
>>> On product: Provenance Terminology
>>>
>>> The Provenance WG charter identifies the concept 'Agent' as a core 
>>> concept of the provenance interchange language to be standardized 
>>> (see http://www.w3.org/2011/01/prov-wg-charter).
>>>
>>> What term do we adopt for the concept 'Agent'?
>>> How do we define the concept 'Agent'?
>>> Where does concept 'Agent' appear in ProvenanceExample?
>>> Which provenance query requires the concept 'Agent'?
>>>
>>> Wiki page: http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/wiki/ConceptAgent
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
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>
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