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Latest news from the MSP Challenge community

05/10/20: Version 4.0-beta5 of the client released, now also for macOS!

Harald Warmelink (mspadmin)

Today we released the latest version - 4.0-beta5 - of the MSP Challenge Client! You can find it under Download and install.

For the first time ever we've also released it for macOS. The file and notes on installing on macOS are available on the same page.

22/07/20: Version 4.0-beta4 of the client released!

Harald Warmelink (mspadmin)

Today we released the latest version - 4.0-beta4 - of the MSP Challenge Client! You can find it under Download and install.

We recommend users of previous versions to uninstall those first before installing this latest version.

23/06/20: Two new publications

Harald Warmelink (mspadmin)

Recently two new articles were published about (aspects of) the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform:

Pereira Santos, C., Warmelink, H., Boode, W., de Groot, P., Hutchinson, K., Goncalves, M., Steenbeek, J., & Mayer, I. (2020). A digital game-based simulation platform for integrated marine spatial planning: design challenges and technical innovations. The Journal of Ocean Technology, 15(2), 78-100.

"The authors present the design and engineering challenges as well as the five innovative technical solutions of the platform: a modular client-server architecture with a Unity-based client; incorporating a large volume and variety of geospatial, marine, and maritime data; interconnecting with the ecosystem modelling platform Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE); interconnecting with simulators for shipping and energy; and providing technical functionalities to set up and moderate highly interactive multi-player game sessions. The authors discuss lessons learned and provide directions for future research and development for both the MSP Challenge simulation platform and maritime planning support systems at large."

Steenbeek, J., G. Romagnoni, J. W. Bentley, J. J. Heymans, N. Serpetti, M. Gonçalves, C. Santos, H. Warmelink, I. Mayer, X. Keijser, R. Fairgrieve, and L. Abspoel. 2020. Combining ecosystem modeling with serious gaming in support of transboundary maritime spatial planning. Ecology and Society 25(2):21.

"We demonstrate how EwE was connected to MSP, considering the range of constraints imposed by running scientific software in interactive serious gaming sessions while still providing cascading ecological feedback in response to planning actions. We explored the connection by adapting two published ecological models for use in MSP sessions. We conclude with lessons learned and identify future developments of the simulation platform."

23/04/20: OpenChannels / OCTO Webinar

Harald Warmelink (mspadmin)

Today I gave a webinar thanks to Sarah Carr, OpenChannels & OCTO about the MSP Challenge simulation platform, during which I explained why we made it and how it works. You can replay the webinar here. Many thanks to the 200+ people who joined (wow)! Since I didn't get to answer all of the questions, I'm planning to do another one in the form of a BUas Teams Live event. Go to the Webinars page to indicate your interest in that.

31/03/20: Help us improve this wiki!

Harald Warmelink (mspadmin)

We are making progress filling this wiki with content. We encourage users to suggest changes if they see something that they know is incorrect (even if it's a stupid spelling mistake!). Feel free to register for an account, log in, and click on the edit link of any page. Then you can change the page and submit it for review. Thank you!

A selection of recently updated pages: Customise your session; Data sources; Sessions overview; Release notes; Bug reporting; Your own edition?

27/03/20: First fully online session!

Harald Warmelink (mspadmin)

Today BUas supported St. Mary's University from Halifax, Canada with their MSP Challenge session. It was twice a first. This was the first time St. Mary's University hosted a session with the MSP Challenge simulation platform, and it was the first time for them and for BUas that this was a fully online session. While this wasn't the original plan, we ended up doing so of course because of the current Coronavirus crisis. Roughly 12 students as well as staff and guests from St. Mary's University logged on from home and used both MS Teams and Brightspace as well for videoconferencing. It was a short but very useful session of just under 3 hours. We thank St. Mary's University for diving in the deep end and experimenting with the platform in this manner!