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Bioinformatics. 2004 Nov 22;20(17):3045-54. Epub 2004 Jun 16.

Taverna: a tool for the composition and enactment of bioinformatics workflows.

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  • 1EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, UK.



In silico experiments in bioinformatics involve the co-ordinated use of computational tools and information repositories. A growing number of these resources are being made available with programmatic access in the form of Web services. Bioinformatics scientists will need to orchestrate these Web services in workflows as part of their analyses.


The Taverna project has developed a tool for the composition and enactment of bioinformatics workflows for the life sciences community. The tool includes a workbench application which provides a graphical user interface for the composition of workflows. These workflows are written in a new language called the simple conceptual unified flow language (Scufl), where by each step within a workflow represents one atomic task. Two examples are used to illustrate the ease by which in silico experiments can be represented as Scufl workflows using the workbench application.

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Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jul 1;34(Web Server issue):W729-32.

Taverna: a tool for building and running workflows of services.

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  • 1School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.


Taverna is an application that eases the use and integration of the growing number of molecular biology tools and databases available on the web, especially web services. It allows bioinformaticians to construct workflows or pipelines of services to perform a range of different analyses, such as sequence analysis and genome annotation. These high-level workflows can integrate many different resources into a single analysis. Taverna is available freely under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) from

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