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Main objectives

The Qualitative Reasoning related aspects of the project focus on learning through modelling and simulation. People learn about system behaviour best when they can construct mental models of how the system works. We will use this approach to develop tools for the public to learn about sustainable development. This will be made possible by enhancing Qualitative Reasoning (QR) modelling tools to make them easy and interesting to use. A team of sustainability experts will organise and explicate cause-effect processes into the new QR workbench, allowing this knowledge to be transferred and re-used. Thus, users will assemble these pieces of knowledge like building blocks to create and run simulations. In contrast to passive learning by traditional lecture or reading formats, a deeper understanding of cause and effect will be facilitated.

Main tasks - WP4

To develop qualitative reasoning software that is easy to use for building and examining qualitative models, and thus facilitate learning. To achieve this, the WP is divided into 4 tasks.

Qualitative Reasoning and Modelling (QRM portal)

One of the project outputs is the QRM portal, a subportal of the NaturNet-Redime portal NNR portal. The QRM portal provides Software, Models, Help, FAQs, a Mailing-list, and other means to enable a community of practice on QR technology. Further developing the QRM portal is an ongoing activity within the project.


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Technical reports

These are mainly the UvA related reports. For more project reports visit the NNR portal.

WP2 - Data model and Service standards

WP3 - NaturNet-Redime portal

WP4 - QR software workbench

WP6 - QR content and Curriculum development

WP7 - Training

WP9 - Dissemination and Exploitation

Last modified on January 26th, 2007