Abstract for: Web-based Participatory System Dynamics Modelling Concept and Prototype Development

In this paper we present our concept and prototype of a web platform which supports participatory modelling. This platform facilitates web-based collaborative and cumulative modelling when face-to-face participatory modelling sessions cannot be organized as often as desired. Successive iteration steps of the model development can thus be displayed interactively in a standard web browser together with comments and explanations made by the modeller. The platform strengthens the support of formal model construction and documentation on the one hand and reduces the effort of model re-publishing on the other hand. This platform shall be used to support participatory modelling and decision-making processes in the field of sustainable development and in many other fields.