Reproducible Research using Research Objects: Third Year Project Report

Mark Robinson

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


Scientific workflows play a crucial role in conducting large scale scientific experiments and enabling them to be easily reproducible. However, it is vital that these are specified well with useful metadata for consumption by applications in order to make sharing them simple and convenient.

This project focuses on two up-and-coming standards - the Common Workflow Language and Research Objects - which complement each other to achieve this goal and thus aid in reproducible and transparent research. In order to unite these standards, this report concerns the planning, development and evaluation process of a web application, ‘CWL Viewer’, to allow the sharing of workflows written in the Common Workflow Language.

This is accomplished by providing visualisation and summary of important details as well as a downloadable Research Object Bundle designed to provide metadata relevant to workflow management and other applications.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages55
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • cwl
  • workflow
  • scientific workflows
  • research object
  • reproducibility


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