MOMIS: EXPLOITING AGENTS TO SUPPORT INFORMATION INTEGRATION

G. CABRI, F. GUERRA, M. VINCINI, S. BERGAMASCHI, L. LEONARDI, F. ZAMBONELLI
2002 International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems  
Information overloading introduced by the large amount of data that is spread over the Internet must be faced in an appropriate way. The dynamism and the uncertainty of the Internet, along with the heterogeneity of the sources of information are the two main challenges for the today's technologies related to information management. In the area of information integration, this paper proposes an approach based on mobile software agents integrated in the MOMIS (Mediator envirOnment for Multiple
more » ... ormation Sources) infrastructure, which enables semi-automatic information integration to deal with the integration and query of multiple, heterogeneous information sources (relational, object, XML and semi-structured sources). The exploitation of mobile agents in MOMIS can significantly increase the flexibility of the system. In fact, their characteristics of autonomy and adaptability well suit distributed and open environments, such as the Internet. The aim of this paper is to show the advantages of the introduction in the MOMIS infrastructure of intelligent and mobile software agents for the autonomous management and coordination of integration and query processing over heterogeneous data sources.
doi:10.1142/s0218843002000601 fatcat:5vi57ik7mbgi3bmgikaowdlwsq