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Taverna: lessons in creating a workflow environment for the life sciences

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Li, Dr Phillip Lord, Dr Matthew Pocock, Professor Anil Wipat


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Life sciences research is based on individuals, often with diverse skills, assembled into research groups. These groups use their specialist expertise to address scientific problems. The in silico experiments undertaken by these research groups can be represented as workflows involving the co-ordinated use of analysis programs and information repositories that may be globally distributed. With regards to Grid computing, the requirements relate to the sharing of analysis and information resources rather than sharing computational power. The myGrid project has developed the Taverna Workbench for the composition and execution of workflows for the life sciences community. This experience paper describes lessons learnt during the development of Taverna. A common theme is the importance of understanding how workflows fit into the scientists' experimental context. The lessons reflect an evolving understanding of life scientists' requirements on a workflow environment, which is relevant to other areas of data intensive and exploratory science.

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Author(s): Oinn T, Greenwood M, Addis M, Alpdemir MN, Ferris J, Glover K, Goble C, Goderis A, Hull D, Marvin D, Li P, Lord P, Pocock MR, Senger M, Stevens R, Wipat A, Wroe C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience

Year: 2006

Volume: 18

Issue: 10

Pages: 1067-1100

ISSN (print): 1532-0626

ISSN (electronic): 1532-0634

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/cpe.993

Notes: Special issue: Workflow in Grid Systems


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