We apply and help develop the workflow paradigm in a number of our bioinformatics programs. One way to look at workflows is as the digital equivalent of a wet laboratory protocol. It allows one to store, run and publish the protocol of a computational experiment. We generally use myGrid's Taverna to design and run workflos. They can be shared and published on myExperiment.org. The most important components in a workflow are Web Services, which can be shared and published on BioCatalogue.org.
Movies to help you get started with workflows
- See Taverna 2.2 in action video (Taverna 2.2 highlights)
- Quick Taverna 2.1-myExperiment video tutorial (shows downloading a workflow from myExperiment using the Workbench, modifying it and running)
- Building data mining workflows video tutorial (using the e-LICO project tools)
- e-LICO demo
Shared Genomics demo @ 2010 AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (demonstrates searching for genomic features inside genes and their categorisation using the Taverna Server)
- Check out a cool BioCatalogue introduction video on the OpenHelix Blog
Semantic technologies can complement the workflow paradigm to complete the digital laboratory with machine readable 'nano-publications', materials and methods, and laboratory notes. This topic is further investigated in the 'workflow forever' (Wf4ever) project. Part of our development work is to expose BioSemantics technologies as Web Services for 'do it yourself' biosemantics.
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