Arizona State University

To support the development, adoption, and promulgation of community-wide standards for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) practices in computational modeling via the Open Modeling Foundation

  • Amount $414,592
  • City Tempe, AZ
  • Investigator Michael Barton
  • Year 2022
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Better Software for Science

Computational modeling is a key tool for a number of scientific disciplines, but good practices in software engineering are not necessarily adopted by the developers of those models. To take one example, interoperability can be especially important to modeling, as the linking of models can be critical to particular research questions, but many models aren’t released with the metadata necessary to make this possible.Funds from this grant support the two years of activities at the Open Modeling Foundation (OMF), a modeling standards organization, aimed at advancing best practices in scientific modeling. The OMF’s activities are structured through three working groups: a Standards working group that will develop and maintain community-driven recommendations for computational modeling; a Certification working group that will develop methods to affirm when models meet those standards; and an Education and Training working group that will develop and maintain curricula to encourage best modeling practices by the broader scientific community with a particular focus on students and early career researchers. Each working group has an initial chair who will recruit one or more co-chairs within the first year, with a particular eye toward diversifying the OMF leadership.

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