Title: Digital Ecology: a medley of computer-centric digital informatics and environmentalism

Authors: Perambur S. Neelakanta, Renata C.T. Sardenberg

Addresses: Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida 33431, USA. ' Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida 33431, USA

Abstract: Digital Ecosystems (DEs) are conceived in |the image of| complex biological ecology and expressed in terms of unique |digital environment| ontology. It is populated by |digital species| that interactively mediate massive information exchange. It is a neoteric terminology of ecosystems mostly applied to the evolution of digital world commensurate with modern information technology (IT) perspectives. Addressed in this paper are concepts of DE with the associated ontology and applications. An example of DE-specific modelling is indicated in terms of evolution/devolution (growth/decay) dynamics of competitive IT-centric business structures specified in dichotomous prey-predator ecology.

Keywords: digital ecology; digital ecosystems; biological ecosystems; complex systems; competition; IT-centric business; prey-predator models; telecommunications services; growth forecasting; digital informatics; environmentalism; ontology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2010.035293

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2010 Vol.8 No.4/5, pp.376 - 390

Available online: 21 Sep 2010 *

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