David F. Andersen (Vice President - Finance), Yaman Barlas (President), Robert L. Eberlein (Vice President - Meetings), Alexander L. Pugh, III (President Elect), Michael J. Radzicki (Secretary), George P. Richardson (Past President), Eric Wolstenholme (Vice President - Publications)
Isaac Dyner, David Ford, Jay W. Forrester (Founding President), Frank Maier, Magne Myrtveit, Anjali Sastry, Showing Young
Paal Davidsen, Nathan Forrester, Saburo Kameyama, Nan Lux, James M. Lyneis, Peter Milling, John D. W. Morecroft, Rogelio Oliva, Julie Pugh, Khalid Saeed, Habib Sedehi, Roberta L. Spencer (Executive Director), John D. Sterman
The meeting was called to order at 5:08 PM by President Barlas.
A discussion then ensued about the wisdom of not publishing full model listings in the Review. A number of members pointed out that access to the full code of a model is necessary for the replication of results and that the replication of results is a hallmark of good science. Historically, the field of system dynamics has a very good record with respect to the documentation of models and the accessibility of full model code.
Jay Forrester argued that simply relying on a statement at the bottom of a paper that says the code of a model is available from the author does not guarantee that another researcher will be able to get the exact code presented in the paper. A model's code must be attached to its published presentation and be unalterable. All model runs in a paper must be replicable. Forrester suggested that the code for each published model might be placed on a Society or Review web site.
The discussion then turned to the issue of page extent. George Richardson pointed out that, each year, the Executive Editor must estimate for John Wiley the number of pages that will be used by the Review. As long as the Review more or less stays near this estimate, all is well. The Policy Council would only need to get involved in the issue, financially speaking, if there are substantial page overruns, unanticipated by the Executive Editor, during any given year.
Other Council members wondered how much the annual page extent is influenced by Society membership (and hence dues and circulation size) and how much it is influenced by the price of paper (which is cyclical).
The discussion that followed Davidsen's presentation centered around the budget assumptions in the proposal and the role of the Society's office in organizing the conference. The consensus was that, due to the participation of the Society's office, the way that the annual conference is organized has changed for the better. It's now more professionally run and the burden placed on volunteer conference organizers has been shifted more toward the organization of the academic program, and away from site arrangements, money collection, etc. Some Council members voiced displeasure with the proposed web proceedings and the lack of a clear picture on the amount of money, if any, the Society would make from the conference. Overall, however, the Council was pleased with Davidsen's presentation and thanked him for his efforts.
Habib Sedhi presented a report from the Italian Chapter. As with the Japanese Chapter, the Italian Chapter is healthy and growing.
|Budgeted Versus Actual Statement. Both actual and budgeted amounts are presented. The actual amounts are better than the budgeted amounts.
|Profit and Loss by Class Statement. The Society divides its activities into three classes: Conference, Sales, and Core Operations. Each of these centers is operating in the black.
|Balance Sheets. At first glance, the Society's balance sheets looks worse than a year ago. This is misleading because the drop in Society assets is due to the movement of the Gordon Brown Fund to the Creative Learning Exchange.
Due to the late hour, discussion of these two items was postponed to a future meeting of the Council.
George Richardson moved and Bob Eberlein seconded a motion that: "the meeting be adjourned." The motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at by Yaman Barlas at 6:10 PM.
Michael J. Radzicki