[GRASS-dev] Re: [GRASS-user] Let the four freedoms paradigm apply to ecology (Letter to TREE)

Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Sun Apr 22 13:25:40 EDT 2012


As a followup on these calls, I wanted to alert you and others to CoMSES Net -- the Network for Computational Modeling in the Socio-Ecological Sciences. The goal of this US National Science Foundation Network is to create a community of practice for the free exchange of knowledge about computational modeling in these fields. 

One of the important initiatives of CoMSES Net is the development of a Computational Modeling Library (CML) where researchers can post code so that the broader scientific community can better build on prior work. It is equally important that such code be properly cited when it is used so that the author can receive credit for her/his work. We have established a statement of ethical use for those joining the network and are planning to establish review criteria, and provide permanent handles for all published model code. We are working with journals to get them to require the publishing of scientific code in the CML or other similar repository if a paper is accepted for publication.

This is not GIS per se, but fits with the larger movement to make scientific computing more open. If anyone in the GRASS community is interested in this initiative, I want to encourage them to visit the CoMSES Net main site at <http://www.openabm.org> and join the growing network.


On Apr 22, 2012, at 10:00 AM, <grass-user-request at lists.osgeo.org> wrote:

> From: Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org>
> Subject: [GRASS-user] Let the four freedoms paradigm apply to ecology (Letter to TREE)
> Date: April 21, 2012 11:47:57 AM MDT
> To: OSGeo-discuss <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> Cc: GRASS user list <grass-user at lists.osgeo.org>, OSGeo-edu <edu_discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> Hi,
> we managed to publish a letter in Trends in Ecology & Evolution:
> Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2012): Let the four freedoms paradigm apply
> to ecology.
> Accepted by Trends in Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2012.03.009
> Full text: http://tinyurl.com/tree-four-freedoms
> Statement:
> In our view, the explicit use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
> with availability of the code is essential for completely open science.
> Cheers
> Markus
> PS: R-stats and GRASS GIS are obviously mentioned :)

C. Michael Barton
Visiting Scientist, Integrated Science Program
National Center for Atmospheric Research &
University Consortium for Atmospheric Research
303-497-2889 (voice)

Director, Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity 
Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Arizona State University
www: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cmbarton, http://csdc.asu.edu

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