Self-organization, cities, cognitive maps and information systems

Juval Portugali*

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This paper introduces the notion of self-organization and show its relevance to the study of the built environment, cognitive maps and information systems. The relevance of self-organization to all three is direct: Self-organization, that is to say, the phenomena by which a system self-organizes its internal structure independent of external causes, is a fundamental property of open and complex systems. Some of the typical examples for such systems are the topics which form the center of interest of COSIT: the brain and its cognitive activities, the city as an artificial environment, language, and more recently information networks - in particular the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Information Theory
Subtitle of host publicationA Theoretical Basis for GIS - International Conference COSIT 1997, Proceedings
EditorsStephen C. Hirtle, Andrew U. Frank
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)3540636234, 9783540636236
StatePublished - 1997
Event3rd Biennial Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 1997 - Laurel Highlands, United States
Duration: 15 Oct 199718 Oct 1997

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd Biennial Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLaurel Highlands


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