A computational model library for publishing model documentation and code

Nathan D. Rollins, C Michael Barton, Sean Bergin, Marcus Janssen, Allen Lee

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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, verification 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 certification process that verifies that the model code successfully compiles and runs and that it follows documentation best practices. Models that pass the certification process are assigned persistent URLs and identifiers. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
StatePublished - Nov 2014


  • Agent-based modeling
  • Computational modeling
  • Documentation
  • Model archive
  • Open source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecological Modeling


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