Welcome to NeISS
The NeISS (National e-Infrastructure for Social Simulation) is a research project funded by JISC. It build directly on the activities, deliverables, and synergies which emerged from the ESRC-funded "e-Infrastructure for the Social Sciences" project. The project aims to introduce social scientists to new ways of thinking about social problems, and provide new services, tools and research communities to support them.
What is Social Simulation?
Social simulation is a relatively new and rapidly expanding field with applications across the academic research community. Both micro-simulation and agent-based modelling have been widely adopted within economics, sociology and geography. Simulation models have also provoked high levels of interest in healthcare research, anthropology and political science. Policy interest is substantial within the public and private sector.
Challenges that NeISS will address include:
- sharing and re-use of simulation outputs (publishing)
- design and implementation of standards for sharing data and methods (portals)
- developing methods for controlled access to information which may be private, confidential, or copyright (security)
- effective manipulation of complex simulation outputs across multiple service components (workflows)
- providing real-time access to powerful computational resources (core services)
- facilitating access to research resources and expertise among a distributed community of users (sharing and collaboration)