A collaborative modelling platform: Universal Simulator

Universal Simulator is a generic modelling tool aimed at model developers in life sciences, foremost in the area of applied ecology. A first version of Universal Simulator was developed in the ENDURE project, targeted at integrated weed management, and it is the overall objective in PURE to develop Universal Simulator further as a tool, making it a useful tool for ecological modelling in general and crop protection in particular.

Thus Universal Simulator would be available as a common modelling tool, across PURE activities and also outside PURE, as Universal Simulator is developed as an open-source tool using standard programming procedures.

The purpose of this deliverable is to have established Universal Simulator as a collaborative modeling platform.

How this was accomplished is detailed below concerning these three objectives:
· To establish Universal Simulator as a general-purpose modelling tool that can be used as a common modelling platform in PURE.
· To develop Universal Simulator-based models in collaboration with other PURE activities.
· To use Universal Simulator as teaching tool in a yearly, web-based PhD course on ecological modelling.


Universal Simulator is available at the project web site www.ecolmod.org

Details of its installation and how to acquire the source code is given in this deliverable.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE