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

From: Luc Moreau <L.Moreau@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:38:19 +0100
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Thanks Paul, also added to the Wiki.

Luc

On 06/08/2011 10:10 AM, Paul Groth wrote:
> Hi All:
>
> I would note that, we should look to what other existing approaches 
> have done.
>
> Dublin Core defines Agent as:
> A resource that acts or has the power to act.
> Comment:    Examples of Agent include person, organization, and 
> software agent.
>
> 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
>
> PREMIS:
> 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.
>
> Paul
>
> 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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