Cooperative information agents for digital cities

Satoshi Oyama*, Kaoru Hiramatsu, Toru Ishida

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A digital city is a social information infrastructure for urban life (including shopping, business, transportation, education, welfare and so on). We started a project to develop a digital city for Kyoto based on the newest technologies including cooperative information agents. This paper presents an architecture for digital cities and shows the roles of agent interfaces in it. We propose two types of cooperative information agents as follows: (a) the front-end agents determine and refine users' uncertain goals, (b) the back-end agents extract and organize relevant information from the Internet, (c) Both types of agents opportunistically cooperate through a blackboard. We also show the research guidelines towards social agents in digital cities; the agent will foster social interaction among people who are living in/visiting the city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-215
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Cooperative Information Systems
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Agents
  • Digital cities
  • GIS
  • Information gathering
  • Internet
  • Planning
  • Virtual community
  • WWW

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications


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