Scientific papers.

For those who dont know it, I recommend SciGen, a website which automatically generates scientific papers. It raises a few questions though. You go to the page, enter one or two “authors ” names, and it automatically generates a properly formatted paper, complete with graphs and charts, and a list of references (including your own…

SAGSET conference 2006

SAGSET, the Society for the Advancement of Games and Simulations in Eduation and Training, began its annual conference in London University yesterday. Morry van Ments spoke about the development of simulations and games, and how we can learn simplicity and economy from an older generation of successful games. The problems remain the same; developments in…

FCW.com – DOD arms soldiers, allies with information

Ive ben rude about MNE4 in the past, but this article from FCW shows on way in which it may have useful results for document management. According to the article, “The MNEs tackle some of the thorniest issues in content management, of which document management is a subset. It encompasses a range of technologies designed…

Simulations in the witness box

A horrific transcript of an interview between a simulator and counsel. During the Kitzmiller vs Dover School Area District case in 2004, one of the endless arguments in the USA about evolution vs creation, Micheal Behe of the the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, a nonprofit think tank that apparently aims…

Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL)

To follow up an earlier posting, the XML Emergency Data Exchange Language was finalised on 1 May 2006 and can be found here. EDXL is described as “a broad initiative to create an integrated framework for a wide range of emergency data exchange standards to support operations, logistics, planning and finance.” Its defined purpose is…

A shared language for manufacturing simulations?

A recent paper argues for a “general information modeling framework for a new generation of manufacturing simulators”. In their paper “A FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANUFACTURING SIMULATORS: TOWARDS NEW GENERATION OF SIMULATION SYSTEMS”, V.V. Kryssanov, V.A. Abramov, H. Hibino and Y. Fukuda argue that “practice shows us that the simulators presently in use are…

Critical Mass – and the social science (mis)uses of simulation

Brilliant review in JASSS of Critical Mass by Phillip Ball. The review carefully analyses the ways in which social science uses and misuses modelling and simulation techniques. The review, by Bruce Edmonds, argues that “…The culture of physics is a complex of different attitudes, norms, procedures, tools, bodies of knowledge and social structures that are…