[ADMB Users] Software Methods

Steve Cadrin scadrin at umassd.edu
Fri Apr 20 06:15:36 PDT 2012

Hi Laurie: 

Your suggestion introduces another potential facet of SISAM and the conference. So far, we have been focused on assessment methods, but software catalogs are more about operational processes for stock assessment than methods. I think the subject of process is critically important for the initiative to improve stock assessments, but is a much larger subject than software catalogs (e.g., meeting format, peer review, frequency, scope, ...). Similar to our treatment of multispecies and ecosystem models, it is a critical topic, but I would not want assessment process issues to eclipse our main objective of improving stock assessment methods. 

I think the larger question is: should we devote some of our time (e.g., one session in the conference) to operational process issues? 

Feedback Welcome. 


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From: "Laurie Kell" <laurie.kell at iccat.int> 
To: "Steve Cadrin" <scadrin at umassd.edu>, "Mark dickeycollas" <Mark.dickeycollas at wur.nl>, "Jose De Oliveira (Cefas)" <jose.deoliveira at cefas.co.uk>, "Iago Mosqueira" <iago.mosqueira at gmail.com>, "Ernesto Jardim" <ernesto at ipimar.pt>, "Richard Methot" <Richard.Methot at noaa.gov>, "Greg Donovan" <gdonovan at iwcoffice.org>, Users at admb-project.org, "Arni Magnusson" <arnima at hafro.is>, "Jon Schnute" <Jon.Schnute at dfo-mpo.gc.ca> 
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 8:05:09 AM 
Subject: Software Methods 

In ICCAT we have a software catalogue, which requires certain criteria 
to be fulfilled, if software are to be used in stock assessment. 

I would like those criteria to be reviewed so that we follow best 
practice. I know that software validation is a complex issue but would 
like to ensure consistency and exchange of methods between 
organisations. For example if a method is in the NOAA Toolbox or is on 
the R CRAN repository shouldn´t we be able to use it in ICCAT. 

This will not take long (hopefully). All I am looking for is a quick 
review of our criteria and any appropriate criteria used elsewhere, that 
we would need to include if our software is to be used by others. Also 
suggestions of how to harmonise software validation in the future so 
that we can strengthen the support for stock assessment experts and 
develop an improved network of stock assessment developers. I would also 
like to suggest that a global repository of all stock assessment methods 
would be useful. 

Laurence Kell 

ICCAT Secretariat 
Population Dynamics Expert 
C/ Corazón de María, 8 - 6º 
28002 Madrid. Spain 
Tel: (00 34) 91 4165600 
Fax: (00 34) 91 5103710 

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