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Good Practices for Sharing Ecological Models
BioScience
  • Karin M. Kettenring, Utah State University
  • Barbara T. Martinez, University of Minnesota
  • Anthony M. Starfield, University of Minnesota
  • Wayne M. Getz, University of California - Berkeley
Document Type
Article
Publisher
University of California Press
Publication Date
1-1-2006
DOI
10.1641/0006-3568%282006%29056%5B0059%3AGPFSEM%5D2.0.CO%3B2
Abstract
As the fields of ecology and conservation biology increasingly rely on models to address pertinent questions, there has been greater sharing of models among scientists. However, many models lack comprehensive documentation, especially in a format that is easy to use and to understand. Also, modelers lack a framework they can use when evaluating a model for its potential use. Here we outline how ecologists and conservation biologists can begin to establish a culture of good practice for model sharing. We offer suggestions on how model developers, model users, user communities, and journal editors can contribute to the appropriate sharing of ecological models.
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Published as Kettenring, K.M., B.T. Martinez, A.M. Starfield, and W.M. Getz. 2006. Good practices for sharing ecological models. Bioscience 56:59-64. © 2006 by the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

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Citation Information
Kettenring, K.M., B.T. Martinez, A.M. Starfield, and W.M. Getz. 2006. Good practices for sharing ecological models. BioScience 56:59-64.