Standing on the shoulders of ants : stigmergy in the Web

Dipple, Aiden (2011) Standing on the shoulders of ants : stigmergy in the Web. In Zhou, Xiaofang & Varma, Vasudeva (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th International Conference Companion on World Wide Web, ACM, Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India, pp. 355-360.

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Stigmergy is a biological term used when discussing insect or swarm behaviour, and describes a model supporting environmental communication separately from artefacts or agents. This phenomenon is demonstrated in the behavior of ants and their food gathering process when following pheromone trails, or similarly termites and their termite mound building process. What is interesting with this mechanism is that highly organized societies are achieved with a lack of any apparent management structure.
Stigmergic behavior is implicit in the Web where the volume of users provides a self-organizing and self-contextualization of content in sites which facilitate collaboration. However, the majority of content is generated by a minority of the Web participants. A significant contribution from this research would be to create a model of Web stigmergy, identifying virtual pheromones and their importance in the collaborative process. This paper explores how exploiting stigmergy has the potential of providing a valuable mechanism for identifying and analyzing online user behavior recording actionable knowledge otherwise lost in the existing web interaction dynamics. Ultimately this might assist our building better collaborative Web sites.

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ID Code: 41325
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Web Collaboration, Virtual Pheromones, Stigmergy
DOI: 10.1145/1963192.1963343
ISBN: 9781450306379
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Architecture (080302)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2)
Copyright Statement: Distribution of these papers is limited to classroom use, and personal use by others.
Deposited On: 11 May 2011 21:27
Last Modified: 14 May 2011 14:30

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