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== What is the STEM project release schedule?  ==
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'''[http://wiki.eclipse.org/STEM Back]'''
  
STEM V1.0 was officially released on Feb. 18, 2010, all platforms
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== Where should I start?  ==
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To learn about how to use STEM, please read the [[STEM#STEM_Documentation | Tutorials]]
  
For the latest release and plan information, please visit the [http://www.eclipse.org/projects/project-plan.php?projectid=technology.stem STEM Project Plan Page]  
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The most important tutorial is probably the one that teaches about [[Creating a STEM Scenario]]
  
Older Releases
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To learn about the design of STEM, please read the [[STEM Design Document]]
 
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*Incubation Release 0.5.0 was released on June 14th, 2009, all platforms
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*Incubation Release 0.4.0 was released on January 28th, 2009, all platforms
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*Incubation Release 0.3.0a was released on September 13th, 2008 (Windows only), replacing release 0.3.0 from September 9th, 2008.
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*Incubation Release 0.2.1 became available December 17th, 2007, updating release 0.2.0 dated June 8th, 2007.
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All releasese include the current STEM source code and downloadable executables for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
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== What platforms are supported?  ==
 
== What platforms are supported?  ==
  
STEM will run on any platform supported by Eclipse. Downloads are available for RCP versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. Java 1.6 and the latest is required. The STEM development environment requires the latest version of Eclipse.If a downloadable RCP version is not available for your platform, you must download the STEM source from Eclipse and run from the source.  
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STEM will run on any platform supported by Eclipse. Downloads are available for RCP versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. Java 1.6 and the latest is required. The STEM development environment requires the latest version of Eclipse. If a downloadable RCP version is not available for your platform, you must download the STEM source from Eclipse and run from the source.
  
 
== What features are new? ==
 
== What features are new? ==
  
http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/STEM#What.27s_New<br>
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Please see [[What's New in STEM]]
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== What are other features are available in STEM? ==
 
== What are other features are available in STEM? ==
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*An extensive set of predefined "Models", one for each country, that can be reused in user Models and Scenarios  
 
*An extensive set of predefined "Models", one for each country, that can be reused in user Models and Scenarios  
 
*A set of predefined "Scenarios" that illustrate disease spread models around the Earth  
 
*A set of predefined "Scenarios" that illustrate disease spread models around the Earth  
*A predefined SEIR disease model for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu Spanish Flu]
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*A wide variety of mathematical models of infectious disease
*Deterministic implementations of SI, SIR and SEIR disease models.
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*Lots more. We are adding features all the time
  
 
== What features are planned for future releases? ==
 
== What features are planned for future releases? ==
  
For the latest release and plan information, please visit the STEM Project Plan Page
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For the latest release and plan information, please visit the [http://www.eclipse.org/projects/project-plan.php?projectid=technology.stem STEM Project Plan Page]
 
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== Can STEM be used for more than just disease modeling? ==
 
== Can STEM be used for more than just disease modeling? ==
  
In principle, yes (but only in principle). The core components of STEM implement a graph based spatiotemporal simulation engine. The components that extend it to disease modeling are in separate plug-ins and integrate themselves using Eclipse extension points. Today we are focused on supporting a framework for modeling diseases.
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In principle, yes. The core components of STEM implement a graph based spatiotemporal simulation engine. The components that extend it to disease modeling are in separate plug-ins and integrate themselves using Eclipse extension points. Today we are focused on supporting a framework for modeling diseases. In order to model diseases one must also model populations, transportation, etc. So STEM is really a way to build models on top of other models. Some models, like models of insect vectors, may depend on global data including things like climate factors. All this "denominator" data is available as STEM plugins. Some users have build higher level economic models on top of disease models in STEM.
  
 
== Where can I find some tutorials on STEM? ==
 
== Where can I find some tutorials on STEM? ==
  
[[Tutorials for Developers]]
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*[[STEM#STEM_Documentation | Tutorials for Developers]]
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*STEM Tutorials on YouTube<sup>TM</sup>
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#Full length video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfiibQX4IFE In English]
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#Full length video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFYXvazKkms In Hebrew]
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#Full length video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM5X8-MaiKo In Japanese]
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#Full length video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S5DbjCHsx4 In Spanish]
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#[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoiFLemepw4 5 min Video (English)]
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*[http://www.eclipse.org/stem/talksOnline.php Scientific Talks Online]
  
 
== Where can I learn about the design of STEM? ==
 
== Where can I learn about the design of STEM? ==
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== How can I contribute to STEM ? ==
 
== How can I contribute to STEM ? ==
  
New Contributors to STEM are always welcome (please contact the developers). This includes not only researchers interested in disease modeling but also experts in GIS data or any other data that might be important in understanding or modeling the spread of infectious disease. We also welcome input from users and contributions to our documentation.
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Please see [[Join the STEM Community|How to Join the STEM Community]]
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You may also contact the [[The STEM Development Team| STEM developers]]
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New Contributors to STEM are always welcome. This includes not only researchers interested in disease modeling but also experts in GIS data or any other data that might be important in understanding or modeling the spread of infectious disease. We also welcome input from users and contributions to our documentation.
  
 
To contribute to STEM, please use the standard Eclipse process. Open a "bug" in our bugzilla (https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/)
 
To contribute to STEM, please use the standard Eclipse process. Open a "bug" in our bugzilla (https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/)
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Please start by reading the extensive documentation on our [http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/STEM wiki] and our [http://www.eclipse.org/stem/ website]. The STEM community also has a weekly conference call.  
 
Please start by reading the extensive documentation on our [http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/STEM wiki] and our [http://www.eclipse.org/stem/ website]. The STEM community also has a weekly conference call.  
The call is held most Wednesdays at 1PM ET (10AM PDT).
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The call is held most Thursdays at 12PM ET (9AM PDT).
 
For more information, or if you wish to join, please send mailto:judyvdouglas@verizon.net
 
For more information, or if you wish to join, please send mailto:judyvdouglas@verizon.net

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Where should I start?

To learn about how to use STEM, please read the Tutorials

The most important tutorial is probably the one that teaches about Creating a STEM Scenario

To learn about the design of STEM, please read the STEM Design Document

What platforms are supported?

STEM will run on any platform supported by Eclipse. Downloads are available for RCP versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. Java 1.6 and the latest is required. The STEM development environment requires the latest version of Eclipse. If a downloadable RCP version is not available for your platform, you must download the STEM source from Eclipse and run from the source.

What features are new?

Please see What's New in STEM

What are other features are available in STEM?

  • A full implementation of the STEM graph based simulation engine for spatiotemporal modeling
  • Geographic visualization of the spread of disease using internally implemented graphics
  • Geographic visualization of the spread of disease using Google Earth
  • "Wizards" to create Projects, Graphs, Models, Scenarios, Sequencers, and Diseases
  • Visual editors to edit Graphs, Models, Scenarios, Sequencers, and Diseases
  • A complete data set that defines all of the countries specified by the ISO-3166 standard includes area land mass and recent human population data
  • An extensive set of predefined "Graph" fragments that can be reused in user Models
  • An extensive set of predefined "Models", one for each country, that can be reused in user Models and Scenarios
  • A set of predefined "Scenarios" that illustrate disease spread models around the Earth
  • A wide variety of mathematical models of infectious disease
  • Lots more. We are adding features all the time

What features are planned for future releases?

For the latest release and plan information, please visit the STEM Project Plan Page

Can STEM be used for more than just disease modeling?

In principle, yes. The core components of STEM implement a graph based spatiotemporal simulation engine. The components that extend it to disease modeling are in separate plug-ins and integrate themselves using Eclipse extension points. Today we are focused on supporting a framework for modeling diseases. In order to model diseases one must also model populations, transportation, etc. So STEM is really a way to build models on top of other models. Some models, like models of insect vectors, may depend on global data including things like climate factors. All this "denominator" data is available as STEM plugins. Some users have build higher level economic models on top of disease models in STEM.

Where can I find some tutorials on STEM?

  1. Full length video In English
  2. Full length video In Hebrew
  3. Full length video In Japanese
  4. Full length video In Spanish
  5. 5 min Video (English)

Where can I learn about the design of STEM?

STEM Design Document

Are there publications where I can read more about STEM ?

Publications and Presentations on STEM

How can I contribute to STEM ?

Please see How to Join the STEM Community

You may also contact the STEM developers

New Contributors to STEM are always welcome. This includes not only researchers interested in disease modeling but also experts in GIS data or any other data that might be important in understanding or modeling the spread of infectious disease. We also welcome input from users and contributions to our documentation.

To contribute to STEM, please use the standard Eclipse process. Open a "bug" in our bugzilla (https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/) A bug can be more than just a new defect - it can also be a new feature or other contribution. You can attach your contribution as a "patch" to your bug (http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/Bug_Reporting_FAQ) Please also feel free to e-mail the STEM development team, many of whom are Eclipse Committers The STEM Development Team. For those interested in joining the project, we also have a weekly phone call and a newsgroup, etc.

Where can I get more help ?

Please start by reading the extensive documentation on our wiki and our website. The STEM community also has a weekly conference call. The call is held most Thursdays at 12PM ET (9AM PDT). For more information, or if you wish to join, please send mailto:judyvdouglas@verizon.net