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Uniform Resource Agents (URAs) (RFC2016)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002569D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 16 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

L. Daigle: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This paper presents an experimental architecture for an agent system that provides sophisticated Internet information access and management. Not a generalized architecture for active objects that roam the Internet, these agents are modeled as extensions of existing pieces of the Internet information infrastructure. This experimental agent technology focuses on the necessary information structures to encapsulate Internet activities into objects that can be activated, transformed, and combined into larger structured activities.

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Network Working Group L. Daigle

Request for Comments: 2016 P. Deutsch

Category: Experimental B. Heelan

C. Alpaugh

M. Maclachlan

Bunyip Information Systems, Inc.

October 1996

Uniform Resource Agents (URAs)

Status of this Memo

This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet

community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any

kind. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This paper presents an experimental architecture for an agent system

that provides sophisticated Internet information access and

management. Not a generalized architecture for active objects that

roam the Internet, these agents are modeled as extensions of existing

pieces of the Internet information infrastructure. This experimental

agent technology focuses on the necessary information structures to

encapsulate Internet activities into objects that can be activated,

transformed, and combined into larger structured activities.

Acknowledgements

Several people have shared thoughts and viewpoints that have helped

shape the thinking behind this work over the past few years. We'd

like to thank, in particular, Chris Weider, Patrik Faltstrom, Michael

Mealling, Alan Emtage, and the participants in the IETF URI Working

Group for many thought-provoking discussions.

Sima Newell provided insightful comments on the document -- thanks to

her it is much more readable!

Introduction

This document outlines an experimental agent system architecture that

was designed for the purpose of addressing high-level Internet

activities through encapsulation of protocol-specific actions.

Originally presented to the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) working

group at the IETF, this technology was seen as taking a step beyond

resource location and resource naming. By providing a structured

mechanism for abstracting characteristics of desired information and

distancing the necessary access incantations from the client, the

notion of a Uniform Resource Agent (URA) was created.

The evolution of Internet information systems has been characterized

by building upon successive layers of encapsulated technologies.

Machine address numbers were devised, and then encapsulated in

advertised ma...