IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

A Communication Framework Towards Flexible Associations of Business Entities Within Evolving Environments


  • Hendrik Ludolph
  • Gilbert Babin
  • Peter Kropf


The Internet and its manifestations, such as electronic commerce or in general network communication between different groups of interest (i.e., agents) have become indispensable for many of us. To adequately use the ever increasing amount of data, attempts are being made to extend data processing from a merely lexical view towards more complex, but equally important, multi-level view, including meaning and/or context (e.g., DAML, Web Services). The goal of this paper is to introduce a formal framework, apt to model communications from such a multi-level perspective. Therein, we discuss fundamental ideas of communication, such as agents involved and their respective structure. We integrate the concept of an agent's adaptive behaviour in order to assure a high degree of understanding. The framework is then illustrated using practical examples where we briefly present its usefulness and how it may be further developed. L'Internet et l'utilisation qu'on en fait, par exemple le commerce électronique ou plus généralement l'établissement de réseaux de communications entre différents intervenants (c.-à-d., agents) est devenu indispensable pour plusieurs d'entre nous. Il devient de plus en plus difficile d'utiliser adéquatement la vaste quantité de données s'y trouvant. À cette fin, de nombreuses initiatives tentent de faire évoluer les systèmes d'information les faisant passer de simples outils permettant le traitement lexical des données à des engins complexes comprenant les données et leur contexte d'interprétation (p.ex., DAML, Web Services). Dans cet article, nous présentons un cadre formel qui modélise les interactions, tout en tenant compte de plusieurs niveaux d'abstraction (p.ex., lexical, syntaxique, sémantique, etc.). Nous nous attardons aux concepts fondamentaux de la communication, tels que les agents impliqués dans les interactions et leur structure. Nous considérons aussi comment ces agents évoluent pour assurer la plus grande compréhension possible des messages reçus. Des exemples concrets servent à mieux expliquer comment le cadre peut être utilisé et comment il peut être raffiné.

Suggested Citation

  • Hendrik Ludolph & Gilbert Babin & Peter Kropf, 2003. "A Communication Framework Towards Flexible Associations of Business Entities Within Evolving Environments," CIRANO Working Papers 2003s-43, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2003s-43

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Emily M. Jin & Michelle Girvan & M. E. J. Newman, 2001. "The Structure of Growing Social Networks," Working Papers 01-06-032, Santa Fe Institute.
    2. Herbert A. Simon, 1996. "The Sciences of the Artificial, 3rd Edition," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262691914, January.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2003s-43. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Webmaster). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.