Analysis of high-throughput biological data includes the execution of different types of in silico tools and algorithms, which usually have different input or output formats. In order to enhance the collaboration and development in the area, an interdisciplinary team has developed a new online service called myExperiment.
myExperiment is a freely available platform that allows the storage and interchange of workflows in computational biology and bioinformatics (among other areas). It has several hundred workflows available in its website. myExperiment was developed by myGrid, an interinstitutional and interdisciplinary initiative from the UK. These workflows are designed to explore a different number of biological questions and to be executed via Taverna.
Taverna is a freely available program that allows the creation and execution of workflows for the computational analysis of biological datasets. It is oriented to facilitate analysis of large biological datasets to experimentalists with little programming skills, using and connecting available bioinformatics tools (mainly through internet services, with around 3000 being available at this moment). The original publications describing Taverna have been cited around 500 times. It can be used for many tasks, such as advanced analysis of microarray data and high-throughput sequence searches, among other examples. It is expected that the structured interchange of workflows will benefit the researchers working in tasks related to bioinformatics and computational biology and that it will demonstrate the usefulness and importance of novel approaches for the open interchange of scientific methods and data.
Contact: Carole Goble, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK.
Oinn T, Addis M, Ferris J, Marvin D, Senger M, Greenwood M, Carver T, Glover K, Pocock MR, Wipat A, Li P. Taverna: a tool for the composition and enactment of bioinformatics workflows. Bioinformatics. 2004 Nov 22;20(17):3045-54.
Hull D, Wolstencroft K, Stevens R, Goble C, Pocock MR, Li P, Oinn T. Taverna: a tool for building and running workflows of services. Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jul 1;34(Web Server issue):W729-32.
Stevens RD, Robinson AJ, Goble CA. myGrid: personalised bioinformatics on the information grid. Bioinformatics. 2003;19 Suppl 1:i302-4.
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