Software ecosystems vs. natural ecosystems

Deepak Dhungana, Iris Groher, Elisabeth Schludermann, Stefan Biffl
2010 Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Software Architecture Companion Volume - ECSA '10  
The use of the term ecosystem in the context of extensible software platforms and third-party developers or user communities has made us ponder about the similarities between software ecosystems and natural ecosystems. We therefore compare software ecosystems and natural ecosystems to present an agenda for further research by analyzing some key characteristics of both types of ecosystems. We discuss the regulatory factors and mechanisms existing in nature, and then deduce key challenges that
more » ... d to be dealt with, in order to achieve healthy operation of software ecosystems.
doi:10.1145/1842752.1842777 dblp:conf/ecsa/DhunganaGSB10 fatcat:nk2ybi55ffabtbs52vc4ahqajy