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Architecture for the Information Brokerage in the ACTS Project GAIA (RFC2552)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003138D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 24 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Blinov: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This memo introduces a domain and supplier independent generic architecture for information brokerage, designed as part of the ACTS project GAIA (Generic Architecture for Information Availability).

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Network Working Group M. Blinov

Request for Comments: 2552 M. Bessonov

Category: Informational C. Clissmann

Teltec UCD-CS

Ireland

April 1999

Architecture for Information Brokerage

in the ACTS Project GAIA

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This memo introduces a domain and supplier independent generic

architecture for information brokerage, designed as part of the ACTS

project GAIA (Generic Architecture for Information Availability).

1. Introduction

Today a huge number of goods and services are offered on the

electronic market by a large, and ever-increasing, number of

suppliers. However, there is still no efficient way for a customer

to find a product or information, he/she is interested in and a

supplier that can provide that product. Customers and suppliers

already can not deal with the quantity of available information by

themselves. The high heterogeneity of existing protocols, formats,

and underlying networks also limits development of the electronic

market.

This results in a demand for brokerage systems that can work as

intermediary entities between customers and content suppliers.

Brokerage systems assist a customer during the trading process and

hide the heterogeneity and distribution of information from the

customer. The design of domain and supplier independent generic

architecture for such brokerage systems is an objective of the

project GAIA (Generic Architecture for Information Availability).

GAIA received part funding from the EU ACTS programme for Research

and Technological Development. The GAIA brokerage system allows a

customer to

- search for a particular "product" (information, content or

services) that he/she is interested in

- locate the product, i.e. find supplier(s) from whom the product is

available

- order the product from the supplier

- receive delivery of the product by digital means

All these actions are carried out by the broker in response to

requests from the customer. Broker services are accessible to the

customer through the unified ...