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The Taverna workflow suite: designing and executing workflows of Web Services on the desktop, web or in the cloud

Wolstencroft, Katherine, Haines, Robert, Fellows, Donal, Williams, Alan, Withers, David, Stuart, Owen, Soiland-Reys, Stian, Dunlop, Ian, Nenadic, Aleksandra, Fisher, Paul, Bhagat, Jiten, Belhajjame, Khalid, Bacall, Finn, Hardisty, Alex ORCID:, Nieva De Hidalga, Abraham ORCID:, Balcazar Vargas, Maria, Surfi, Shoaib and Goble, Carole 2013. The Taverna workflow suite: designing and executing workflows of Web Services on the desktop, web or in the cloud. Nucleic Acids Research 41 (W1) , W557-W561. 10.1093/nar/gkt328

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The Taverna workflow tool suite ( is designed to combine distributed Web Services and/or local tools into complex analysis pipelines. These pipelines can be executed on local desktop machines or through larger infrastructure (such as supercomputers, Grids or cloud environments), using the Taverna Server. In bioinformatics, Taverna workflows are typically used in the areas of high-throughput omics analyses (for example, proteomics or transcriptomics), or for evidence gathering methods involving text mining or data mining. Through Taverna, scientists have access to several thousand different tools and resources that are freely available from a large range of life science institutions. Once constructed, the workflows are reusable, executable bioinformatics protocols that can be shared, reused and repurposed. A repository of public workflows is available at This article provides an update to the Taverna tool suite, highlighting new features and developments in the workbench and the Taverna Server.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0305-1048
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 9 March 2013
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 15:09

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