Articles, XMILEs, New Faces and Places

June is a busy month for the home office, and there is a lot happening that I am happy to have the chance to tell members about.

New Way to Access Articles in the System Dynamics Review

Articles in the System Dynamics Review can now be viewed online from any platform in Wiley’s exciting new Enhanced Article (HTML) format. Part of the breakthrough is that the Enhanced Article (HTML) display adjusts to your device’s screen size instantly, even changing the icons and information showing to fit the space. There are new ways to navigate through an article from browsers, tablets, and phones as well as interactive leads to further information.

The new figure viewer can be opened by clicking on any figure in the article. You can zoom in and scroll to enlarge figures, making complicated diagrams easier to read; take a look at those in Cyclical Dynamics of Airline Industry Earnings. Color makes graphs comparing multiple runs easier to read, for example see Connecting Micro Dynamics and Population Distributions in System Dynamics Models. And, images, graphs, and pertinent information can be instantly downloaded into PowerPoint.

For quick and easy access there are handy buttons to reach the PDF file, article information, references, and figures. If you wish to view references while reading the article, you can view them alongside the article and follow links to a specific reference without losing your place in the text. Combined with the existing “cited by” feature, the online format greatly eases the process of trawling through large numbers of articles for a literature review. The new format applies to articles from the past four years, back to 2010.

An iPad app will allow you to save the enhanced version of an article to your device for later offline viewing. The “anywhere article” gives us immediate access. I encourage everyone to give it a try – access these articles with any device in a rich way.

Wiley would like to hear from us on how to further improve readability of System Dynamics articles online. Feel free to send feedback to Wiley via the green “Enhanced Article Feedback” button (located bottom-right of any Enhanced Article). Wondering who does the work of converting a paper to include these features? Good news: it’s Wiley.

The best way to get the idea is to go use it: take your smart phone and experience an article.

XMILE on the inside

During the Cambridge conference last year, the Society hosted the inaugural meeting of the XMILE Technical Committee and joined the OASIS open standards organization to support the development of this standard. XMILE, in case you don't know, is an XML-based model interchange language for System Dynamics models. While this has great promise for the System Dynamics aficionado, the real potential is in reaching out to more people. The Society has been actively working to help the XMILE webinar series reach as broad an audience as possible, and you have been a part of that. With nearly 3,000 people having signed up for the series of webinars, we are very happy with the success and look forward to System Dynamics becoming more and more broadly known. Videos for all past webinars are available on the XMILE website.

With such opportunities as an upcoming panel discussion delivered via webinar and an XMILE Roundtable at the Delft conference, I hope you will take the chance to learn a little bit about how to XMILE.

News from the Home Front

All of us working at the Home Office are getting into our summer (getting ready for the conference) mode. This is a very busy, but also a wonderful time for all of us.

We welcome a new employee, Rochel Rubin. Rochel is a part-time employee who is also a double Masters student in Social Work and Public Health at the University at Albany. Rochel enjoys community involvement and has held leadership positions in various honor societies throughout her academic career.
Joan Yanni just won second place in a golf tournament, losing first place by only one stroke. Joan is carefully getting all the conference registration packages put together.
Erin Sheehan’s gardens have taken off! She has planted a large selection of vegetables in her own two garden plots as well as in her parents’ large garden. She has already harvested ten pounds of rhubarb to make rhubarb wine from a secret family recipe! At the office, Erin is helping conference attendees with invitations, registrations, and finding roommates.
Robin Langer and her family just opened up their summer lake house, getting ready for another summer of fun with family and friends. Robin is working with our Society sponsors and, especially right now, with our Delft Conference sponsors making sure all is ready.
LouAnne Lundgren is making frequent visits to New Hampshire and enjoys spending time kayaking, sailing, and swimming at her family camp in downstate New York. LouAnne just updated the System Dynamics Bibliography and asks that you send any references not already included in the Bibliography to the Society office so that we can capture it!
Graduate Assistant Weijia Ran is working remotely from her home town in the mountains of China. We have been enjoying spectacular photos from her. Even on vacation she is helping us with website issues and this newsletter. Weijia will be in Delft, not only presenting a paper but working as a Conference Volunteer Coordinator.

We had the “Full Flower Moon” in May -- a sure sign that plants will spring forth in abundance. After the harsh winter we are glad to open the windows and get our hands in the dirt. Most of us have vegetable and flower gardens;
we have been busy starting seeds (my tomato seeds did not have the usual germination explosion this year) and planting.

The next few weeks will be exciting for me as I head to Florida for a short visit with parents and also attend my son’s graduation from his medical residency program. At the office, I am working on the conference program and all the scheduling issues with the Program Committee and the Local Hosts.

The putting-together of the conference is done by many diverse individuals. This task is demanding but intrinsically rewarding. I am working with generous, exceptionally talented, innovative people – and many do this as volunteers! The conference each year has something new, exciting, and challenging. Each conference is a culmination of over two years of planning and working together. This year’s conference with the theme Good Governance in a Complex World will have an impact both on the people who attend it and on the complex world in which we all live.

We hope to meet you in Delft!

Best, Roberta

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The System Dynamics Newsletter is published by the System Dynamics Society.
Editors: Robin Langer, LouAnne Lundgren, Weijia Ran, Rochel Rubin, Erin Sheehan, and Roberta L. Spencer