Below you can find a series of definitions on the most important aspects of the methodology behind SDGLabs

Causal Loop Diagram (CLD): It is a mapping Diagram that visualizes how the elements of the system interact with each other

Causal Link Positive: The two variables change in the same direction

Causal Link Negative: The two variables change in opposite directions

Feedback Loops: Closed cycles of interconnected variables

Living Lab: A concept to support the user-driven Information and Communication Technology system. Its main purpose is to support innovation and endorse co-creation among the relevant stakeholders

Simulation Model: A representation of part of reality as seen and understood by stakeholders who attempt to manage this specific part of reality

System: An interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in order to achieve a purpose

Systemic Archetypes: Basic systemic structures for which the dynamic behavior is known

System Dynamics: A computer-based methodology that facilitates the representation of a system in mathematical terms and allows the understanding of its behavior over time

Systems Thinking: An intellectual approach that assists in looking a system from holistic (top-down) approach

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are the SDGLabs free to use?

Yes, all the SDGLabs are available for free and you can find the in the link: https://sdglabs.uom.edu.gr/methodology/

2. How can I use the models?

You can use the models as learning materials or you can simply experiment with them and investigate the results. However, you use them however, please do not forget to reference both the project and the models.

3. Are the models actual representations of systems?

The models are simplified representations of various systems. As such, we recommend that they are not to be used for Decision Support purposes.

4. What is the software that was used to develop the models?

For the models, the Stella Architect software was used and the interfaces are hosted on ISEE Systems servers