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Documenting and executing workflows and algorithms: towards model repositories in ecology


  1. Most of the information concerning how to create models or use analytic techniques published in the scientific literature is not really available to ecologists. It is stored in scientists’ digital or biological memories. We propose that it is time to address the problem of storing, documenting, and executing ecological models and workflows.
  2. We are recommending a conceptual framework to design and implement a model repository that will help to address this challenge.
  3. We have implemented the conceptual framework in a functional web-based application called ModeleR. This tool is able to document and execute all the models and analytical processes as well as preparing data workflows associated to the Sierra Nevada LTER platform (Spain).
  4. We think that model repositories will foster cooperation among scientists, enhancing the creation of relevant knowledge that could be transferred to environmental managers. The overarching idea is to create an international federation of repositories of models with a high degree of connectivity. 
Francisco Bonet
Inigo San Gil
Antonio Jesús Per...
Preferred date(s): 
Sept 12
Number of 2 hour sessions requested: 
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Projector. Internet.
Working Group Materials
Room Assignment: 
Ruesch Auditorium - Sweet (50)

Background Photo by: Nicole Hansen - Jornada (JRN) LTER