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Pfenninger, Stefan
Hirth, Lion
Schlecht, Ingmar
Schmid, Eva
Wiese, Frauke
Brown, Tom
Davis, Chris
Gidden, Matthew
Heinrichs, Heidi
Heuberger, Clara
Hilpert, Simon
Krien, Uwe
Matke, Carsten
Nebel, Arjuna
Morrison, Robbie
Müller, Berit
Pleßmann, Guido
Reeg, Matthias
Richstein, Jörn C.
Shivakumar, Abhishek
Staffell, Iain
Tröndle, Tim
Wingenbach, Clemens
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[Journal:] Energy Strategy Reviews [Volume:] 19 [Pages:] 63-71 [ISSN:] 2211-467X
The global energy system is undergoing a major transition, and in energy planning and decision-making across governments, industry and academia, models play a crucial role. Because of their policy relevance and contested nature, the transparency and open availability of energy models and data are of particular importance. Here we provide a practical how-to guide based on the collective experience of members of the Open Energy Modelling Initiative (Openmod). We discuss key steps to consider when opening code and data, including determining intellectual property ownership, choosing a licence and appropriate modelling languages, distributing code and data, and providing support and building communities. After illustrating these decisions with examples and lessons learned from the community, we conclude that even though individual researchers' choices are important, institutional changes are still also necessary for more openness and transparency in energy research.
Open source
Energy modelling
Open data
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