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SGCI Client and Focus Week Participant CoMSES.Net Paves Way for FAIR Models

Around this time last year, in May 2020, West Hub affiliate Michael Barton and colleagues published an open letter in Science that urged worldwide scientists to share their COVID-19 models and openly publish their code so that it was Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). While it’s difficult to prove that this letter stimulated epidemiologists to make their work more transparent, the year 2020 brought more than 56,000 unique visitors to Barton’s social and ecological model gateway (the Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences, or CoMSES.Net) and around 40,000 model downloads in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruptions. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that it even surpassed the author’s expectations.

Read more in the article on the West Big Data Innovation Hub website