Knowledge Needs of Self-Organized Systems

Knowledge Needs of Self-Organized Systems

João Álvaro Carvalho (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-65-5.ch019
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Self-organized systems are capable of changing their own structure in order to adapt themselves to significant changes in their environment. They are at the top of a hierarchy of systems that arranges systems according to the degree of control they have upon their own actions. Self-directed systems, self-regulated systems and uncontrolled systems are the reminder levels of that hierarchy. The framework developed in this chapter identifies the necessary components at each level of control. These components include operators, coordinators, regulators, directors, organizers and informers. The framework can be described as a model of the general architecture of self-organized systems. It is used to identify and characterize the knowledge needs of self-organized systems by examining the functionality, characteristics and knowledge needs of each of those components.

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