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Taverna is an open source family of tools for designing and executing workflows, created by the myGrid project. Written in Java, the family consists of the Taverna Engine (the workhorse), and the Taverna Workbench (desktop client) and Taverna Server (remote workflow execution server) that sit on top of the Engine.

Taverna allows for the automation of experimental methods through the use of a number of different services (such as Web services) from a very diverse set of domains – from biology, chemistry and medicine to music, meteorology and social sciences. Effectively, Taverna allows a scientist with limited computing background and limited technical resources and support to construct highly complex analyses over public and private data and computational resources.

Taverna Workbench 2.1.2 supports: copy/paste, shortcuts, undo/redo, drag and drop; animated workflow diagram; remembers added/removed services; secure Web services support; secure access to resources on the Web; up-to-date R support; intermediate values during workflow runs; myExperiment integration; and Excel and csv spreadsheet support.

Technical Expertise Required: 
Basic programming skills
Additional Information: 

D. Hull, K. Wolstencroft, R. Stevens, C. Goble, M. Pocock, P. Li, and T. Oinn, Taverna: a tool for building and running workflows of services., Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 34, iss. Web Server issue, pp. 729-732, 2006.

T. Oinn, M. Greenwood, M. Addis, N. Alpdemir, J. Ferris, K. Glover, C. Goble, A. Goderis, D. Hull, D. Marvin, P. Li, P. Lord, M. Pocock, M. Senger, R. Stevens, A. Wipat, and C. Wroe, “Taverna: lessons in creating a workflow environment for the life sciences,” Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, vol. 18, iss. 10, pp. 1067-1100, 2006.

J. Sroka, J. Hidders, P. Missier, and C. Goble, "A formal semantics for the Taverna 2 workflow model," Journal of Computer and System Sciences, vol. 76, iss. 6, pp. 490-508, 2009.

J. Zhao, C. Goble, R. Stevens, and D. Turi, "Mining Taverna's semantic web of provenance," Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, vol. 20, iss. 5, pp. 463-472, 2008.

T. Oinn, P. Li, D. Kell, C. Goble, A. Goderis, M. Greenwood, D. Hull, R. Stevens, D. Turi, and J. Zhao, "Taverna/myGrid: Aligning a Workflow System with the Life Sciences Community," , Taylor, I., Gannon, D., and Shields, M., Eds., Springer-Verlag London Ltd, 2006.

Windows, UNIX, MacOS