[ADMB Users] Software Methods
scadrin at umassd.edu
Fri Apr 20 06:15:36 PDT 2012
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?
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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>
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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.
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