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

From: Paul Groth <pgroth@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 11:10:09 +0200
Message-ID: <4DEF3C71.9010602@gmail.com>
To: Olaf Hartig <hartig@informatik.hu-berlin.de>
CC: public-prov-wg@w3.org
Hi All:

I would note that, we should look to what other existing approaches have 

Dublin Core defines Agent as:
A resource that acts or has the power to act.
Comment:    Examples of Agent include person, organization, and software 

FOAF defines it as:
The|Agent <http://xmlns.com/foaf/spec/#term_Agent>|class is the class of 
agents; things that do stuff
eg. person, group, software or physical artifact

Agents are entities that have actied upon objects
e.g. people, organizations

I think it seems there is quite some agreement about what an agent means 
in the broader community.


Olaf Hartig wrote:
> Hey Luc,
> On Tuesday 07 June 2011 23:34:51 Luc Moreau wrote:
>> Hi Jun, Khalid, Satya,
>> I have a few questions.
>> 1. Can an agent be defined independently of processes?
> In the Provenance Vocabulary we defined it as "a general class that represents
> active entities." (although we called it "actor" instead of "agent").
> Cheers,
> Olaf
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