Understanding Stigmergic Systems

Stigmergy is the name given to the inexplicit, mystical process by which ants and other social insects can create highly complex physical, social and communication structures without any apparent central planning or organisation.

This site was set up in 2001 to provide a record of the thinking behind the development of several projects which explore the use of stigmergy for the purpose of sharing and organising information on the Internet.

Systems based upon stigmergy are known as stigmergic systems.

Look at the side panel first

Over the course of many different projects and seventeen years the site has become increasingly difficult to follow, so, the quickest and best way to understand stigmergy (and how it can be used) is to look at the details of the project we started work on in 2017 (see the side panel "Latest Projects").

This includes a concise explanation of stigmergy and stigmergic systems, together with many relevant books and other useful resources relating to information system architecture based upon biological systems.

The rest of the site should be viewed as a collection of various ideas, projects and conceptual frameworks that over the years have led to the understanding of stigmergy and biological systems that we are employing today.