Keeping modelling notebooks with TRACE: Good for you and good for environmental research and management support



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Ayllón, Daniel and Railsback, Steven F. and Gallager, Cara and Augusiak, Jacqueline and Baveco, Hans and Berger, Uta and Charles, Sandrine and Martin, Romina and Focks, Andrea and Galic, Nika and Liu, Chun and Van Loon, E. Emiel and Nabe-Nielsen, Jacob and Piou, Cyril and Polhill, J. Gareth and Preuss, Thomas G. and Radchuk, Viktoriia and Schmolke, Amelie and Stadnicka-Michalak, Julita and Torbeck, Pernille and Grimm, Volker (2020) Keeping modelling notebooks with TRACE: Good for you and good for environmental research and management support. Environmental Modelling & Software, 136 (104932). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1364-8152

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The acceptance and usefulness of simulation models are often limited by the efficiency, transparency, reproducibility, and reliability of the modelling process. We address these issues by suggesting that modellers (1) “trace” the iterative modelling process by keeping a modelling notebook corresponding to the laboratory notebooks used by empirical researchers, (2) use a standardized notebook structure and terminology based on the existing TRACE documentation framework, and (3) use their notebooks to compile TRACE documents that supplement publications and reports. These practices have benefits for model developers, users, and stakeholders: improved and efficient model design, analysis, testing, and application; increased model acceptance and reuse; and replicability and reproducibility of the model and the simulation experiments. Using TRACE terminology and structure in modelling notebooks facilitates production of TRACE documents. We explain the rationale of TRACE, provide example TRACE documents, and suggest strategies for keeping “TRACE Modelling Notebooks.”

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Model documentation; Standards; Modelling cycle; Reproducible research; Environmental modelling; Scientific communication
Subjects:Sciences > Computer science > Bioinformatics
Medical sciences > Biology > Ecology
ID Code:65854
Deposited On:01 Jun 2021 10:42
Last Modified:01 Jun 2021 11:27

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