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Allows pages to be selected as news articles. There is already a News term for the Article type but I envisage moving all Article nodes to Page nodes. It may be appropriate, at a later stage, to make sub-terms, e.g. "General interest" and "web site" occurred to me but at the moment it seems "web site" related news is probably of general interest to any one visiting the site.

Simile v5.94 released

We have released a new version of Simile in order to bring out a large number of very minor improvements and to ensure that the Evaluation Edition has a decent amount of time to run. The highlights are:

  • Improved handling of syntax errors in user-defined function files
  • Better management of favourite file paths
  • Time series parameters can be updated at intervals of any time unit

Current v5.x customers, please download and install this whenever convenient.


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Attempting to set up login by reference to social networing sites

 I am at present attempting to configure the web site to accept login (and registration) via various social networking sites to save users form having yet another set of login  credentials for this site. 

So currently glyphs prompting login via Google Facebook etc may well appaear but not work until I have the configuration correct.

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Model catalogue (repository ) revamp

A security update of the website software (Drupal) has left our ad-hoc model catalogue code broken. (The code originates from before our use of Drupal to manage the rest of the site.)

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First meeting of Steemi,the Student Ecological and Environmental Modelling Initiative on Tuesday 7th February 2012

The first meeting of STEEMI, the Student Ecological and Environmental Modelling Initiative took place on Tuesday 7th February 2012.  I met up with four students studying for a BSc in Ecological Science at the University of Edinburgh, and we discussed the value of models within ecology, and the potential to improve the practice of modelling.

Ecological and environmental models are a vital tool for capturing our understanding of complex human/nature systems, and for exploring possible futures in the face of unprecedented global challenges.

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R project plugin for model execution released

It is now possible to load, parameterize, execute and interrogate a previously saved Simile model within an R language script.
The interface package for doing so is available via The Comprehensive R Archive Network ( by the name Simile. Current version is 1.1. It is compatible with all Simile platforms, and requires Simile version 5.8 or later.

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Simile v5.9 released

Simile v5.9 is a maintenance release, providing incremental improvements to many existing features and fixing some problems that have come up.

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Simile listed on Mac Informer

Simile 5.8 is now listed on at Mac Informer, a system maintenance tool for the Mac.

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Simile v5.0 released

What's new in Simile v5.0?

Released December 2007

Simile 5.0 has the same fast response time when editing very large models as when editing small ones, and builds even the largest models (over 2000 components) in around a minute. It has adaptive step size control, for more efficient model execution. There are also a large number of other improvements and bug fixes. Here is a list of some of the more significant improvements that have been made over Simile v4.9:

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