A Semantic Grid Service for Experimentation with an Agent-Based Model of Land-Use Change

J. Gary Polhill, Edoardo Pignotti, Nicholas M. Gotts, Peter Edwards, Alun David Preece

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Agent-based models, perhaps more than other models, feature large numbers of parameters and potentially generate vast quantities of results data. This paper shows through the FEARLUS-G project (an ESRC e-Social Science Initiative Pilot Demonstrator Project) how deploying an agent-based model on the Semantic Grid facilitates international collaboration on investigations using such a model, and contributes to establishing rigorous working practices with agent-based models as part of good science in social simulation. The experimental workflow is described explicitly using an ontology, and a Semantic Grid service with a web interface implements the workflow. Users are able to compare their parameter settings and results, and relate their work with the model to wider scientific debate.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Bibliographical note


This work was funded by grants from the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department, and the Economic and Social Research Council (Award Reference: RES-149-25-0011). This paper contains material from papers presented at ESSA 2005 (Polhill et al. 2005) and ICeSS 2005 (Edwards et al. 2005; Pignotti et al. 2005b).


  • agent-based social simulation
  • experiments
  • ontologies
  • replication
  • semantic grid


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