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Digital Ecosystems

The term “Digital Ecosystems” is defined as an open, loosely coupled, domain clustered, demand-driven, self-organising, collaborative environment, where each species is connected proactive and responsive; and conserve the environment for its own benefit or profit.
Digital Ecosystems are essentially about creating value by making connections in different domains; through adoption of the modern networked society and economy supported by different forms of digital infrastructure, services and collaborative technology frameworks. It lies at the intersection between industry, business, human endeavours, social science and cutting edge internet technologies and is application-driven research.
Digital ecosystems capture the essence of the classical, complex ecological environment in nature, where organisms form a dynamic and interrelated complex ecosystem. They conserve and utilise the environment and its resources. This analogy is a new mind-set and way of thinking in the Digital Economy. Digital ecosystems transcend the traditional, rigorously defined collaborative environments, such as centralised (client-server) or distributed models (such as peer-to-peer) or hybrid model (such as web services) into a self-organised, interactive environment which offers cost-effective services and value-creating activities that attract human, organisational and software agents that participate in and benefit from it.
The essence of digital ecosystems is addressing the balance, sustainability, self-organization, collective intelligence and creating value by making connections rather than unbridled competition.


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