Published: 1998 April
Buchtitel: Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition, Modeling, and Management (KAW '98), Banff, Canada
The World-Wide Web is changing the nature of software development to a distributive plug & play process. This requires a new way of managing software by so-called intelligent software brokers. The aim of the European IBROW3 project is to develop an intelligent brokering service that enables third party knowledge-component reuse through the World-Wide Web. Suppliers provide libraries of knowledge components adhering to some standard, and customers can consult these libraries -- through intelligent brokers -- to configure a knowledge system suited to their needs by selection and adaptation. IBROW3 integrates research on heterogeneous databases, interoperability and web technology with knowledge-system technology and ontologies. The aim is to develop a broker that can handle web requests for classes of knowledge system (e.g. diagnostic systems) by accessing libraries of reusable problem-solving methods on the Web, and selecting, adapting and configuring these methods in accordance with the domain at hand. The aim of this paper is to give a general overview of the project and to presents its main ideas and approach. IBROW3 has started on January 1, 1998 and thus we can only present preliminary results.