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This paper presents a middleware to help designers in the implementation of contract-aware agent-based services. The middleware provides several components, including a contract manager, a communication
manager and a workflow manager, which combine to allow agents to manage contracts and the actions associated with them. The middleware is built as part of a Web service implementation of the ISTCONTRACT framework. An electronic commerce example is used to
illustrate how the components of the middleware facilitates the management and execution of agreements in a contract at run-time.
CitationConfalonieri, R. [et al.]. A middleware for building contract-aware agent-based services. A: International Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing: Agents, Semantics, and Engineering. "Service-oriented computing: agents, semantics, and engineering". Estoril: Springer Verlag, 2008, p. 1-14.
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