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Alfred Hofmann et al.

School of Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
- Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
The University of Melbourne
Victoria, 3010, Australia

Knowledge-based Information Agents

Xiaoying Gao1 - Leon Sterling2


This paper explains our approach to building knowledge-based information agents. Instead of building an agent from scratch, we advocate building an agent by adding knowledge to a framework. Knowledge is classified into three categories - general knowledge, domain specific knowledge and site specific knowledge - which enables knowledge reuse and sharing. The paper details the agent architecture, the components of each category of knowledge and the main functions of the framework.