Lilian Na Alessa, Melinda Laituri and Michael Barton (2006)
An "All Hands" Call to the Social Science Community: Establishing a Community Framework for Complexity Modeling Using Agent Based Models and Cyberinfrastructure
Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
vol. 9, no. 4
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Received: 18-May-2006 Accepted: 18-Oct-2006 Published: 31-Oct-2006
The emerging vision is to use Cyber-infrastructure to build more ubiquitous, comprehensive digital environments that become interactive and functionally complete for research communities in terms of people, data, information, tools and instruments and that operate at unprecedented levels of computational, storage, and data transfer capacity.
|Table 1: Examples of Current Platforms for Creating Agent-Based Models for Social Science Research|
|REPAST (Recursive Porous Agent Simulation Toolkit) **||http://repast.sourceforge.net|
|CORMAS (Software for Renewable Resource Management) *||http://cormas.cirad.fr/indexeng.htm|
|SWARM (Multi-simulation of complex systems) ***||http://www.swarm.org|
|ORGAHEAD (Organizational learning model)||http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/projects/OrgAhead/|
*developed in SMALLTALK programming language
** developed in JAVA
*** developed in C (including extensions)
The Panel's overarching finding is that a new age has dawned in scientific and engineering research, pushed by continuing progress in computing, information, and communication technology; and pulled by the expanding complexity, scope, and scale of today's research challenges. The capacity of this technology has crossed thresholds that now make possible a comprehensive "cyber-infrastructure" on which to build new types of scientific and engineering knowledge environments and organizations and to pursue research in new ways and with increased efficacy. The cost of not doing this is high, both in opportunities lost and through increasing fragmentation and balkanization of the research communities.
|Table 2: Examples of Community Models in Current Use|
|Community Climate System Model, National Center for Atmospheric Research|
|Geographic Resource Analysis Support System (GRASS)|
|Carbon Community Model, Colorado State University|
|Chesapeake Community Modeling Program, Chesapeake Research Consortium|
|Community Modeling Environment, Southern California Earthquake Center|
|Community Chemistry-Climate Model, Cambridge Universityl|
|Community Model for Physical Processes in the Nearshore Ocean, National Oceanographic Partnership Program|
|Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics, New Community Model|
|Community Model for Coastal Sediment Transport, USGS|
|Exposure Assessment Models, EPA Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM)|
|The R Project for Statistical Computing|
|Evolving Increasingly Complex Neural Networks (NEAT)|
|Spatial Land Use Change and Ecological Effects (SLUCE)|
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