Abstract for: SMILE/XMILE/Open Source Software. Workshop Roundtable

Since at least 1995 system dynamics software users have expressed an interest and have proposed solutions to system dynamics modeling software incompatibility. Earlier in this decade several conference papers have addressed this issue from a technical and business strategy standpoint. In addition, and related to this, there have been calls for an 'open source' system dynamics modeling tool. Activity related to these two topics occurs frequently on the system dynamics list server. This workshop/roundtable has invited participants from the three major system dynamics modeling tool software firms, plus any other interested parties, to meet and discuss these issues. Our goals will be: a better understanding of issues related to the interchange language and open source and steps forward to pursue these options.