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Richard Green and Sangam Pant
We proceed from a relatively weak notion of agency in cooperating software system components to describe the data collection activities of the Lycos Internet information retrieval services. The characteristics of agency of interest include autonomy, social ability, reactivity, and proactivity.
The original and simple Lycos spiders, once implemented in Perl, hove evolved into a true multiagent system of cooperating components that con visit and analyze more than 10,000,000 Web pages each day. There ore three kinds of cooperating components:
Spiders ore independent software agents that crawl the Web to gather information. …