Towards the preservation of scientific workflows

David De Roure, Khalid Belhajjam, Paolo Missier, José Manuel Gómez-Pérez, Raúl Palma, José Enrique Ruiz, Kristina Hettne, Marco Roos, Graham Klyne, Carole Goble

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    Abstract

    Some of the shared digital artefacts of digital research are executable in the sense that they describe an automated process which generates results. One example is the computational scientific workflow which is used to conduct automated data analysis, predictions and validations. We describe preservation challenges of scientific workflows, and suggest a framework to discuss the reproducibility of workflow results. We describe curation techniques that can be used to avoid the `workflow decay' that occurs when steps of the workflow are vulnerable to external change. Our approach makes extensive use of provenance information and also considers aggregate structures called Research Objects as a means for promoting workflow preservation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationiPRES 2011 – 8th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
    EditorsJosé Borbinha, Adam Jatowt, Schubert Foo, Shigeo Sugimoto, Christopher Khoo, Raju Buddharaju
    PublisherNational Library Board Singapore and Nanyang Technology University
    Pages228-231
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9789810704414
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
    EventiPRES 2011 - 8th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects - Singapore
    Duration: 1 Nov 20114 Nov 2011

    Conference

    ConferenceiPRES 2011 - 8th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
    CitySingapore
    Period1/11/114/11/11

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