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Publishing Model Documentation and Code: The CoMSES Net Computational Model Library

CBIE_WP-2013-008

Abstract

We present a repository for disseminating the computational models associated with publications in the social and life sciences. The number of research projects using computational models has been steadily increasing but the resulting publications often lack model code and documentation which hinders replication, verication of results and accumulation of knowledge. We have developed an open repository, the CoMSES Net Computational Model Library, to address this problem. Submissions to the library can be original models accompanying publications or replications of previous studies. Researchers can request that their models undergo a certication process that veries that the model code successfully compiles and runs and that it follows documentation best practices. Models that pass the certication process are assigned persistent URLs and identiers. We present the basic components of our repository, discuss our initial experiences with the library, and elaborate on future steps in the development of this cyberinfrastructure.

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Published September 13, 2013

Nathan D. Rollins, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability

Michael C. Barton, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability/School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Sean Bergin, Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Marco A. Janssen, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability

Allen Lee, Arizona State University, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment