Best practices for workflow design: how to prevent workflow decay

Kristina Hettne, Katy Wolstencroft, Khalid Belhajjame, Carole Goble, Eleni Mina, Harish Dharuri, Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro, Julián Garrido, David de Roure, Marco Roos

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    Abstract

    In this position paper we present a set of best practices for workflow design to prevent workflow decay and increase reuse and re-purposing of scientific workflows. MyExperiment provides access to a large number of scientific workflows. However, scientists find it difficult to reuse or re-purpose these workflows for mainly two reasons: workflows suffer from decay over time and lack sufficient metadata to understand their purpose. We argue that good workflow design is a prerequisite for repairing a workflow, or redesigning an equivalent workflow pattern with new components. We present a set of best practices for workflow design and the semantic tooling that is being developed in the Workflow4Ever (Wf4Ever) project to support these best practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSWAT4LS: semantic web applications and tools for life sciences 2012
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 5th international workshop on semantic web applications and tools for life sciences
    EditorsAdrian Paschke, Albert Burger, Paolo Romano, M. Scott Marshall, Andrea Splendiani
    Place of PublicationAachen, Germany
    PublisherRWTH Aachen University
    Number of pages6
    Volume952
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2012
    Event5th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences - Amphiteatre Farabeuf, Cordeliers Research Center, Paris, France
    Duration: 28 Nov 201230 Nov 2012
    Conference number: 5
    http://www.swat4ls.org/workshops/paris2012/

    Publication series

    NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
    PublisherCEUR-WS.org
    Volume952
    ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073

    Conference

    Conference5th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences
    Abbreviated titleSWAT4LS 2012
    Country/TerritoryFrance
    CityParis
    Period28/11/1230/11/12
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Scientific workflows
    • Decay
    • Best practices

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