Francis Heylighen on stigmergic organization and the economics of information

By MarkElliott, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 12 years 21 weeks ago.


Francis Heylighen's recent work Why is Open Access Development so Successful? Stigmergic organization and the economics of information presents a straight forward and compelling case for stigmergy as an underlying mechanism in the expansion of what he terms, 'open access development'. Heylighen provides three characteristics in order to designate information as "open access". The information must be:

  • non-proprietary,
  • part of a creative commons free to access, use, and in many cases modify, and
  • consisting purely of information that can be duplicated without limit.

Recognising the inherent connections between stigmergy and the workings of the World Wide Web, Heylighen reviews the basic process: read more...