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MOTIVATION Only models that are accessible to researchers can be reused. As computational models evolve over time, a number of different but related versions of a model exist. Consequently, tools are required to manage not only well-curated models but also their associated versions. RESULTS In this work, we discuss conceptual requirements for model(More)
With the ever increasing use of computational models in the biosciences, the need to share models and reproduce the results of published studies efficiently and easily is becoming more important. To this end, various standards have been proposed that can be used to describe models, simulations, data or other essential information in a consistent fashion.(More)
Sharing in silico experiments is essential for the advance of research in computational biology. Consequently, the COMBINE archive was designed as a digital container format. It eases the management of files related to a modelling result, fosters collaboration, and ultimately enables the exchange of reproducible simulation studies. However, manual handling(More)
MOTIVATION Repositories support the reuse of models and ensure transparency about results in publications linked to those models. With thousands of models available in repositories, such as the BioModels database or the Physiome Model Repository, a framework to track the differences between models and their versions is essential to compare and combine(More)
Background: With the ever increasing use of computational models in the biosciences, the need to share models and reproduce the results of published studies efficiently and easily is becoming more important. To this end, various standards have been proposed that can be used to describe models, simulations, data or other essential information in a consistent(More)
COMBINE archives are standardised containers for data files related to a simulation study in computational biology. This manuscript describes a fully featured archive of a previously published simulation study, including (i) the original publication, (ii) the model, (iii) the analyses, and (iv) metadata describing the files and their origin. With the(More)
OBJECTIVE Whole-cell (WC) modeling is a promising tool for biological research, bioengineering, and medicine. However, substantial work remains to create accurate comprehensive models of complex cells. METHODS We organized the 2015 Whole-Cell Modeling Summer School to teach WC modeling and evaluate the need for new WC modeling standards and software by(More)
BACKGROUND Open model repositories provide ready-to-reuse computational models of biological systems. Models within those repositories evolve over time, leading to different model versions. Taken together, the underlying changes reflect a model's provenance and thus can give valuable insights into the studied biology. Currently, however, changes cannot be(More)
The COMBINE archive is adigital container format for files related to avirtual experiment in computational biology.I teases the management of numerous files related to as imulation study,f osters collaboration, and ultimately enables the exchange of reproducible research results. The CombineArchive Toolkit is asoftware for creating, exploring, modifying,(More)
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