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Towards a web-based simulation experiment description repository

Guravage, Michael and Merks, Roeland. Towards a web-based simulation experiment description repository. Available from Nature Precedings <http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/npre.2011.6346.1> (2011)

Modellers are producing more and more complex models. Unless these models are sufficiently characterised and made available to the research community their reuse will be minimal, and reproducing simulation experiments incorporating them will prove problematic. Consensus on the content and form of experiment recipes that combine models and simulations will encourage model sharing and facilitate reuse.

A set of guidelines specifying the ‘Minimum Information About a Simulation Experiment' (MIASE) proposes a common set of information necessary to reproduce simulation experiments that incorporate quantitative models.

We have instantiated these guidelines in a web-based content management system. With our system you can create Simulation and Experiment Descriptions, enrich them with experimental data and annotate them with domain meta-information to facilitate classification, searching and cross referencing – all with the goal of reusing your models and reproducing your experimental results. doi:10.1038/npre.2011.6346.1