this world of social
phones, and tablets, whether Apple, Android, or Microsoft, the presence
Digital EcoSystems is ubiquitous. It is quite thrilling to see how this
emerging marketplace influences the evolution of almost three-quarters
million individual apps, which together constitute numerous digital
of interacting software.
this is just the beginning. As
these tools march through the institutions of our increasingly global
we will see ever more complex applications consisting of interacting
the fields of health care, education, and politics, to name a few.
area is quite complex and driven
by advances in many computer science fields. The overall evolution of
ecosystem is studied in such areas as network science, adaptive
game theory. Important properties to be studied include scalability,
complexity, and emergence. Other areas, such as computational
knowledge management, intelligent data management, and privacy and
among others, also play an important role.
the third incarnation of MEDES,
held in San Francisco, California, during November 21-23, 2011, has
the following topics: web-based systems and services; web-based
management; knowledge management, sharing and discover, computational
intelligence; trust, risk, privacy and access control; software
models and services; infrastructures and architectures; social web and
communities; immunity-based systems; and, electronic democracy.
from 22 countries will take
part in the conference, consisting of 48 presentations. We welcome you
San Francisco, a most pleasurable venue, for 3 days of a most
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to attend
the MEDES 2011 - The 3rd International Conference on Management
of Emergent Digital EcoSystems held on November 21 - 23, 2011 in San
This year, MEDES 2011 received a total of 82 papers. Every paper was
assigned to at least three reviewers on the Program Committee. More
than 144 Committee Members had a peer-review process for the submitted
papers, which were evaluated based on scientific originality,
contribution to the field, and technical quality. As a result of the
review process, several papers received as many as five reviews and
only 26 regular papers and 10 short papers were accepted. All accepted
papers are published by ACM and indexed by the ACM Digital Library and
The highlight of the research program includes eight sessions. Each
accepted paper will receive between 20-25 minute slot for its
presentation. In addition, the program includes two special sessions on
Electronic Democracy (E-Democ'11) and Immunity-Based Systems
(IMBS-Global '11). This year, we are fortunate to have two
distinguished keynote speakers, Dr. Paul
Hofmann, Vice President Research at SAP Labs and Dr. Paul Maglio, Senior Manager at IBM
Almaden Research Center, to respectively share their perspectives on
the state of Information Technologies and Complex Service Systems.
I am immensely grateful to the program committee members for their kind
participation and generous feedback. Committee members were a pleasure
to work with thanks to their devotion and focus. I am also grateful to
the many external reviewers who assisted the committee members. I am
also thankful to Dr. Nashwa
El-Bendary and Dr. Aboul Ella
Hassanien for their effort in organizing the E-Democ'11 special
session and Dr. Yoshiteru Ishida
who worked tirelessly to organize the IMBS-Global '11 Special Session.
I am most grateful to the General Chair, Dr. William I. Grosky, the Advisory
Board Members, the Steering Committee Members, and other planning
committee members of the conference for their constant support. Last
but not least, I warmly acknowledge the generous support of ACM, ACM
SIGAPP and IFIP.
After all, it is the authors above all that make a conference
successful. For those authors whose papers did not make it, we
sincerely hope that the detailed technical review comments we provided
I hope that all attendees leaved inspired by their experience at MEDES
2011. Wish you all a productive and enjoyable conference!