The interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers at CAU Kiel (2009-2014)

aiming at bottom-up interdisciplinary development of a notion of a model and an understanding of model development and of model deployment in different disciplines.
Systematic modelling should be based on frameworks and sophisticated and validated guideline.
It can be based on our notion of the model.
The model of a model as a generalisation of models used in various scientific disciplines:
A model is a well-formed, adequate and dependable instrument that represents other origins within some context based on criteria of adequacy and dependability commonly accepted by its community of practice. A model has - as an instrument - its background with a undisputable grounding of the sub-discipline and with a basis consisting of chosen elements from the sub-discipline. A model is functioning if it is combined with utilisation/deployment methods. A functioning model is effective if it can be successfully deployed according to its deployment scenarios and its portfolio. They thus function in the application scenario ('deployment games').

Our model notion has been validated and verified against the model notions that are used in many disciplines. It extends the model notion developed in an interdisciplinary effort at CAU Kiel during 2009-2014. The notion has been tested against the notions of models used in archeology, arts, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, electrotechnics, environmental sciences, farming and agriculture, geosciences, historical sciences, humanities, languages and semiotics, mathematics, medicine, ocean sciences, pedagogical science, philosophy, physics, political sciences, sociology, and sport science.
The validation brought an insight into the specific understanding of adequacy, dependability, functioning, and effectiveness used in each of these disciplines. The validation has also resulted in an understanding of the added value of the model within the discipline, in an evaluation of the model maturity, in detection of features which are missing and should be added to the model or which can be deleted from the model, and in restrictions to model deployment which must be observed.

The main result of the collaboration in the modelling community at CAU Kiel is the survey volume that is going to be published in 2015 by De Gruyter. It discusses the results of the discussions in detail.
Participants in our Kiel modelling community: H. Allert, R. Berghammer, C. Blättler, S. Börm, J.-P. Brückner, W. Deppert, W.J. Duschl, H.W. Ernst, N. Fohrer, C.-C. Glüer, B. Heber, C. Henning, M. Hinz, P.A. Höher, R. Horn, K. Jansen, H.-C. Jongebloed, H. Kage, L. Käppel, G. Kiesmüller, A. Kopp, B. Kralemann, H. Krause, J. Krieter, C. Lattmann, T. Lux, R. Mayerle, T. Meier, F. Müller, J. Müller, U. Müller, O. Nakoinz, D. Nowotka, I. Nissen, W. Rosenkranz, P. Rosenstiel, K.H. Runte, D. Schädler, J. Schäfer, G. Schmidt, T. Slawig, A. Susenbeth, B. Thalheim, I. Traulsen, R. v. Hanxleden, S. Waldhausen, N. Weiler und J. Wellendorf.

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