This component of AgentLink's activities is coordinated by Terry Payne.
The success of AgentLink III, like its predecessors, will critically depend on the provision of a high-quality communications infrastructure. Therefore, the main aims of this workpackage are:
To provide a communication and knowledge infrastructure through which both members of AgentLink III and other interested parties can communicate on aspects of AgentLink III;
To support the communications and knowledge infrastructure of the other Workpackages; and
- To exploit the communications knowledge infrastructure created in AgentLink III for the deployment of emerging semantic web applications.
In order to realise these aims, the following programme of work will be carried out:
A redesign and augmentation of the AgentLink WWW site with semantic mark-up. As was shown with AgentLink II, the most important single communication mechanism for AgentLink III is a WWW site.
This www Site provides information both about all aspects of AgentLink: its purpose, mandate, organisation, mechanisms for entry to the network, work areas, reports, points of contact, and so on. In addition, it is the conduit though which all tasks intended to communicate information will flow All network-specific documents for AgentLink II are available via this WWW site, including the newsletter , and a collection of maintained resources of value to the community. Included in these resources is information about agent technologies in the public domain, information which can support the monitoring of the market and technology environment.Such information is required for effective project management and for other Workpackages.
By providing semantic mark-up to the content of the WWW site, the potential existsfor this content to be machine-readable, which is the vision behind recent notions of the Semantic Web. It is our intention to explore early-prototype semantic-web applications through and across the AgentLink III WWW site, using the content generated by the WWW site, the email list and the Newsletter.
Moderated, edited email list for AgentLink
An email list for AgentLink has been established, providing moderated, edited information about all issues relevant to the network. This email list, which is free to join, currently has about 700 subscribers. The list regularly provides up-to-date information on all aspects of AgentLink's activities.
You can ask to be added to the monthly AgentLink Update mailing list by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic methods for dissemination, while they are both cheap and fast, are not appropriate for some audiences. In particular, electronic formats are not appropriate for dissemination at conferences, trade fairs, and so on, and can create an unprofessional impression in industry. For these reasons, AgentLink has established a professionally typeset and printed newsletter, published at regular intervals throughout the life of the project. In addition to containing details of what's happening in the network, the newsletter carries a range of articles including features, reports on conferences and workshops, informal descriptions of research results and new software, book reviews, short descriptions of projects, labs, and companies, and so on. The newsletter is distributed free to all members of AgentLink III, and is also distributed by way of promotion at conferences, workshops, and industrial events.