Towards a Coordination-Centric Architecture Metamodel for Social Web Applications

J. Musil, A. Musil, S. Biffl:
"Towards a Coordination-Centric Architecture Metamodel for Social Web Applications";
Vortrag: 8th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA), Wien; 25.08.2014 - 29.08.2014; in:"Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA)", Springer, (2014), ISBN: 978-3319099699.

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Abstract:


Social web applications like wikis, social networks, and
crowdsourcing markets have provided people with new dynamic forms
of communication and collaboration. Although communities have widely
adopted these systems, the methodological support for their architecting
is still at the beginning. Since social web applications are mediation environments
for human interaction, environment-based coordination models
like stigmergy have increased in relevance. Therefore, we propose the concept
of a Stigmergic Information System (SIS) architecture metamodel,
which embeds a stigmergy-like coordination model. The metamodel defines
key system elements and organizes a system into four layers: agent,
artifact data, analysis&control and workflow. The metamodel should
support the systematic investigation of common architecture elements,
their relations and interdependencies, and future approaches for the description
and modeling of social web applications. In this work we introduce
the SIS architecture metamodel and evaluate the metamodelĀ“s
validity with preliminary results from a pilot survey on groupware
systems.