Overview of Accessibility Standards

Goals for Accessibility Standards

Minimal Accessibility Standards

Model code and documentation should be archived in a searchable, open access, trusted digital repository. A DOI, permanent URL or other permanent digital resource locator for accessing the model code must be provided that links to the specific version of the code used. The archive should adhere to FORCE11 software citation principles ( and expose their metadata in open, interoperable formats like or codemeta.

Ideal Accessibility Standards

  • sponsors require model source code to be made publicly available in a trusted digital repository
  • journals require model source code publicly available in a trusted digital repository
  • model source code uses build and packaging tools that facilitate accessibility (examples: pipenv / pip / poetry in Python, ant / maven in Java, Makefiles)
  • model source code has a Dockerfile or other containerization support so it can be run on multiple platforms

Cyberinfrastructure and Tools for Implementation of Accessibility Standards

Create a clear checklist for the OMF website and training purposes that facilitates good software development practices with transparency and openness from the start.


  • Can you run your model on another computer/operating system?
  • Is your model code readable to others e.g., clean code that is well structured with clear and self-documenting variable names, well-commented and documented procedures, algorithms, and assumptions
  • Does your archived model live in a digital repository that follows FAIR principles for research software
  • Can you run your model in 5 years (containerization helps but there are still open issues with dependencies on proprietary software)

Examples and References for Accessibility