Development and acceptance of a modelling language (ML) for agent-oriented software development has many facets. To complement the “bottom-up” suggestions of icons for particular fine-scale agent-oriented concepts, here we address “top-down” the overall system-level goals and how we might depict them in diagrams. Then, having identified a suite of viewpoints, we recommend a number of diagram types that could constitute such a standard AOSE ML – recommendations based on an analysis of the theoretical literature and over twenty extant AOSE methodologies (and accompanying MLs).
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