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FRODO: A Framework for Distributed Organizational Memories. Milestone M1: Requirements Analysis and System Architecture

Andreas Abecker; Ansgar Bernardi; Ludger van Elst; Andreas Lauer; Heiko Maus; Sven Schwarz; Michael Sintek
DFKI, DFKI Documents (D), Vol. 01-01, 2001.


This document collects and presents the results of the requirements analysis and system design phase of the FRODO project. FRODO aims at developing a comprehensive technology for distributed organizational memories (OMs), comprising an agent-oriented framework as the software basis and a suitable methodology for its introduction in the enterprise. We analyze existing approaches both to OM methodology and to the IT support of distributed information organization and knowledge support for weakly-structured processes. We identify possible contributions and shortcomings and detail the expected functionality of distributed OMs, together with the requirements for an integrated OM methodology and for the envisioned software support. We examine existing agent-based approaches and frameworks and evaluate their usability in the FRODO setting. We elaborate on the problems encountered and the solutions envisioned in the area of information organization and ontology construction and maintenance. We conclude with the design specifications for the FRODO system which will cover the requirements identified above, and with a sketch of the application scenario which will serve as a testbed for the feasibility and usefulness of the FRODO achievements.

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