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Educational resources2

There are several extensive educational resources about modeling availabe online. Here we present the collection of links to the modules developed by iEMSs memebers.

 

 

iEMSs Threads

PROPOSAL

Let us envision iEMSs as an umbrella organization to support a number of
“threads”, or “themes” that are organized into on-going community projects that
evolve based on the open source principles. This means that we are encouraging
and appreciating the participation in these projects, and we are trying to
provide the infrastructure by developing web support and tools needed for these
community projects.

There is the SourceForge.net that has been built to support open source software
development. Many of its components are very appropriate for what we envision.
However there may be certain elements that are missing, since modeling is not
just software development. We could start on SourceForge and at the same time
start thinking about our own forge focused on models and projects. If we wish we
can even start an eModelForge.net domain (the name is ours if we like it),
making it specifically designed to support environmental modeling projects.

eModelForge.net could then host either individual community models (say an open
source model for watershed dynamics) or projects (say on a framework to support
participatory modeling, or a project on environmental data mining).

The projects “live” on the web. They are open for others to join, to contribute,
to participate. The results are distributed under one of the open source
licenses (MIT, GPL, GPL 2, etc.) – this is at the discretion of the particular
communities that run the projects.

iEMSs conferences offer the opportunity for the iEMSs communities to meet in
person. Some of the sessions and workshops naturally extend the work in the
community projects.

It would be good to have a couple of projects identified and proposed for this kind of efforts.

Perhaps the two Special Issues recently announced on the iEMSs web page could morph into this kind of community efforts in the future.

One project that we probably should announce is the design of an eModelForge
itself. That is, to decide what kind of functionality such a web framework
should provide to support research and modeling in addition to only software
development.

Another one that I’d like to see started is on frameworks for participatory,
stakeholder modeling. For this one we also have an SI in the works.

Please let know if there are any other proposals that we could announce to the
members and seek their involvement. We can probably start with a wiki on our web
page, or go to SourceForge and use their tools to start the projects going.
After we see how its developing we can then consider investing some more effort
to create the eModelForge web site specifically designed to support this kind of
projects.

Thanks and looking forward to hear from you shortly. Click here to contribute to the discussion

EM&S subscripion: discounted rates for iEMSs members

Elsevier has published the rates for the  subscription to the journal Environmental Modelling and Software for the year 2013. If you are a member of iEMSs the prices for 2013 are:

  • 72 USD for the print only version (it was 69 in 2012)
  • 90 USD for theprint version plus access to the online issue (it was 87 in 2012)

To take advantage of this offer you must fill in this form (well, it needs a bit of editing, since we haven’t received yet the form for 2013 from Elsevier…)

A discussion on iEMSs conferences in 2008, and before … and after

Dear iEMSs members,

In our on-going efforts to improve the quality of the iEMSs conferences, we would like to hear some comments and suggestion from participants of all our past meetings. What was good, what should be done again, what needs improvement? Any ideas on how to make the sessions and workshops even better? Are you happy with the conference format? Do you want more plenaries, or more discussion, or more talks? Do you think we make the right awards? How can we improve the quality of presentations?

We’d like to learn whatever your impressions are.

Your opinion is important and essential. To contribute to this discussion, please log in as member. Then, click on the “iEMSs 2008 discussion blog” link. Click on “Read more” to access all comments and to post your buy viagra italia opinion.