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Whelan, R. J. 2010, 'Ecological system meets 'digital ecosystem': Can ICT benefit from understanding biology?', 2010 4th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies, DEST 2010, IEEE, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, pp. 103-106.


The description of a digital ecosystem as a “loosely coupled, demand-driven, domain clustered, agent-based, self organised, collaborative environment where agents form temporary coalitions for a specific purpose or goal, and each is proactive and responsive for its own benefit” has intriguing similarities with the definition of an ecosystem in ecology. Perhaps the similarities suggest that a deeper understanding of ecology may benefit the further development of ICT, and any differences may therefore represent cautionary tales. In this presentation, I describe characteristics of some ecological systems at several levels-from species to ecosystem-and speculate on the potential of these examples to catalyse innovation in ICT.



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