NAS²A

Network for Agent-based modelling of Socio-ecological Systems in Archaeology

Network for Agent-based modelling of Socio-ecological Systems in Archaeology (NASSA)

Background

Agent-based modelling (ABM) has in recent years developed into an important methodological tool in archaeological research, especially when approaching questions from the perspective of socio-ecological systems (SES) as coupled human and natural spheres exchanging energy and resources. ABM focuses on the dynamics and actions of individual agents as computational entities that act autonomously and can represent social agents that interact with each other and their environment. When designing an agent-based model, the aim is not to mimic the patterns of our data but to recreate the mechanisms that, under certain conditions, will generate those patterns.

The Network for Agent-based modelling of Socio-ecological Systems in Archaeology (NASSA) is a research network with the goal to gather an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers to collect and compile ABM elements (implementation modules, techniques, approaches, etc.) and organise them as an open modelling library. The targets of this network are:

  1. identify and compile crucial modelling topics for the library;
  2. collect and develop best practices and modelling guidelines;
  3. develop tools for interoperability following the FAIR principles;
  4. guarantee sustainability of the library;
  5. create a structure for international collaboration resulting in joint publications within the network.

Who are we?

Research units currently active in NASA are: