DCMI Agents Working Group

Name: DCMI Agents Working Group
Type: Working Group
Status: Inactive Finished
Charter: Goals of the working group are: to develop a commentary which sets out the rationale and purpose of an Agent Element Set; develop a Recommendation for an Agent Element Set; propose qualifiers for the Creator, Contributor and Publisher (CCP) element of the DCMES; and to provide input to the Architecture Working Group concerning a recommended mechanism for linking the CCP elements to Agent records.
Moderator/Chair: John Roberts
Andrew Wilson
Established: 1998-11-04

News and Announcements

2004-12-13, The next F2F Working Group meeting for DC:Accessibility will be held in melbourne in the we February 7 - 11 2005. Those interested in attending in person or via telecommunications should contact Liddy Nevile.


Note: Lead editors/authors/volunteers are tentatively listed. An early deliverable of the WG consists of a more formal tasklist, including dated checkpoints and confirmed contributors. The exact set of deliverables may differ from those drafted below.

Scheduled Milestone Description Editor/Contact Status/History
Share and lead discussion of InterParty elements as background thinking on the Agent Core This is an attempt to leverage the extensive work conducted already by the InterParty project. Information on InterParty can be found here. Robina Clayphan Completed per email of 8 October 2003
Develop a brief RDF description for Agents Based on the abstract architecture model. Andy Powell Deferred November 2005
Draft a set of functional requirements for an Agent Core To be used as basis for discussion and development of the Agent Core specification: current functional requirements draft. Andrew Wilson Completed per email of 10 February 2004
Engagement with other Working Groups. Contact other working groups (eg. Education, Government, Libraries) to ascertain their views on requirements and/or purposes of describing agents. John Roberts/Andrew Wilson

Due end September 2005.

Completed November 2005.

Determine purpose(s) of agent description work Post to DC-Agents and other identified relevant WG lists seeking further views on the purposes of describing agents. Andrew Wilson

Due end October 2005.

Completed November 2005.

Review previous agent description work Check through DCMI records and mailing list archives for relevant documents produced by earlier work of the Agents WG. Tom Baker

Due end of November 2005.

Completed October 2005.

Revise functional requirements document Revise functional requirements document using input from earlier mailing list comments and results of above 3 activities. Andrew Wilson Due end of January 2006
Draft Dublin Core™ Application Profile for describing agents Develop draft application profile for describing agents based on the revised functional requirements document. John Roberts/Andrew Wilson Due mid-May 2006

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Temporary Working Definitions

Agent: A person (author, publisher, sculptor, editor, director, etc.)

or a group (organization, corporation, library, orchestra, country, federation, etc.)

or an automaton (weather recording device, software translation program, etc.)

that has a role in the lifecycle of a resource.

Agent Record: A collection of elements describing an agent.

Agent Authority Record: An agent record that includes the particular name that is preferred (considered authoritative) within a particular community (e.g., libraries).


  • Date Constituted: 1998-11-04
    Working Group Charter and Home Page
  • Rechartered: 2000-10-06
    Working Group page
  • The DCMI "Agent Issues" working group (a decendant of an earlier group know simply as "Agents") aims to resolve issues that have arisen from the need to describe actors (persons, groups, or automata) in various events (e.g., creation, revision, publication, transcription, derivation) in the lifecycles of information resources.

See: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0109&L=dc-agents&P=175