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Paper w78-2011-Paper-155:
Civil Infrastructure as a chaotic socio-tecnico systems support collaborative innovation

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T El-Diraby

Civil Infrastructure as a chaotic socio-tecnico systems support collaborative innovation

Abstract: The web is no longer just a media or communication outlet. It is morphing into a socioeconomic fact of life. The advancement of semantic web and the increased penetration of social are empowering people to harness their collective intelligence to create, collaborate and trade in knowledge. Starting from this observation, a scenario for community-based, knowledge-intensive environment for development and management of civil infrastructure is presented. The proposed scenario was inspired by similar trends in other industries and analysis of recent cases where the web influenced civil infrastructure development and planning. The proposed scenario embraces open, bottom-up decision making process where communities are empowered to develop, share and test ideas for infrastructure projects. Engineers and public officials are responsible for supporting the self-organizing emergence of these, expectedly, chaotic ideas. Putting the development process on the edge of chaos supports innovation and does not mean randomness. Consequently, it should be embraced by all. Accordingly, our analysis tools have to be geared more towards analysis of networks of people and their ideas; support autonomous evolutionary approaches that can collate chaotic ideas; providing communities with semantic-enabled analysis tools to support the generation of ideas; encourage the evolution of infrastructure Apps; and provide platforms for their dynamic linkage.

Keywords: infrastructure, collective intelligence, socio-technical system, networked knowledge, information system, social and semantic web.


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