as you will have noticed, today saw the launch of the new OpenMI Association website. It marks the end of a period of around 10 years during which the OpenMI evolved from a wild idea on a piece of paper by a group of enthousiastic people, to a fully documented software standard including reference implementations, development and configuration tools. Major developments were realised through the EC funded projects HarmonIT and OpenMI-Life, including the building and maintenance of the former website that until yesterday you were familiar with.
The last couple of years, after the end of the OpenMI-Life project, the Association has had to find a way to become a self-supporting organisation, and yet to continue promoting the use of OpenMI as the reference standard for integrated modelling. It has not been an easy task, especially because most of the work is done on a largely voluntary basis. We know that many people around the world have investigated the potential of the OpenMI, and have tried to apply it in their own business or research. But who are these people, and how can they help others to implement OpenMI in the most efficient way ?
It is our belief that the threshold for a widespread uptake of OpenMI can only be lowered by stimulating contributions from users all around (not just Association members) and by enhancing and shortening communication lines. To this end we decided to redesign our website, and to create additional OpenMI groups on the various social media, which you are most welcome to join. Much work is still to be done, and you will see the website evolve in the next months, but we do hope that already in this early stage, you will appreciate the changes, and that it will stimulate you to contribute to it. We are looking forward to see the OpenMI community grow further in the next years to come.
Johan Van Assel
Chairman of the Dissemination Committee.