Digital ecosystems: Challenges and prospects

Wenbin Li, Youakim Badr, Frédérique Biennier

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Abstract

Mimicking biological ecosystems, digital ecosystems refer to complex and interdependent systems and their underlying infrastructures by which all constituents interact and exhibit as a whole self-organizing, scalable and sustainable behaviors. This emerging topic is of great interest to scholars. Nevertheless, we observe a divergence of opinions and a disagreement about what Digital Ecosystems are, how they are designed, and what their applications should be. In this paper, we present an overall view of the concept of Digital Ecosystem and provide background for a common understanding. Firstly, we identify four factors that have lead to the emergence of Digital Ecosystems and present their definitions, characteristics and categories. Secondly, we discuss models and simulation tools to show current achievements and limitations. Finally, we illustrate the main challenges and shed light on further work in the field of Digital Ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES 2012
Pages117-122
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventInternational Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES 2012 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: Oct 28 2012Oct 31 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES 2012

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES 2012
CountryEthiopia
CityAddis Ababa
Period10/28/1210/31/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Ecological Modeling

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