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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 22:48:47 +0100
Message-ID: <4DEE9CBF.8020309@cs.man.ac.uk>
To: Luc Moreau <L.Moreau@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
CC: public-prov-wg@w3.org
Hi Luc,

> 1. Can an agent be defined independently of processes?

Yes. In principle, an agent can be associated with zero or multiple 
process executions.
> 2. You are using various verbs relating agents to process execution:
>
> agent   controls            process execution  (Khalid)
When I used the verb "control", I guess I was thinking of situations in 
which the agent:
- initiates a process execution and/or
- terminates a process execution

> agent   is involved in    process execution (Jun)
Jun also used the verb perform, which I guess refer to situations in 
which the process is manual, and it is the responsibility of the agent 
to perform it, e.g., baking bread.

Thanks, khalid

> agent   is linked to       process execution (Satya)
>
> Can these verbs be clarified further and distinguished?
>
> Cheers,
> Luc
>
>
> 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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