Introduction

Taverna is an open source family of tools for designing and executing workflows, created by the myGrid project and funded through the OMII-UK. 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, all from a standard PC, UNIX box or Apple computer. The screenshot below shows the Taverna Workbench in action during the design of a workflow.

What is Taverna?

Taverna is an open source domain independent Workflow Management System – a suite of tools used to design and execute scientific workflows. Taverna has been created by the myGrid project and is funded through a range of organisations and projects. Taverna has guaranteed funding till 2014.

Taverna Workbench Taverna Lite Panacea Biocatalogue Bio Diversity Catalogue My Experiment SoapLab UNICORE R Project Biomart BeanShell SADI Excel Excel Biovel EVO Galaxy Google Refine Provenance Taverna Components Taverna Server Interaction Server Taverna Player Taverna Virtual Machine Command Line Tool OSGi Alliance Security

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The Taverna suite is written in Java and includes the Taverna Engine (used for enacting workflows) that powers both Taverna Workbench (the desktop client application) and Taverna Server (which executes remote workflows). Taverna is also available as a Command Line Tool for faster execution of workflows from a terminal without the overhead of a GUI.
Taverna automates experimental methods through the use of a number of different (local or remote) services from a diverse set of domains – biology, chemistry and medicine to music, meteorology and social sciences.

Effectively, Taverna enables a scientist who has a limited background in computing, limited technical resources and support, to construct highly complex analyses over data and computational resources that are both public and private, all from a standard PC, UNIX box or Apple computer.

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See a full list of Taverna’s features or videos of Taverna in action.
The screenshot shown below shows the Taverna Workbench 2.x during the design of a workflow.

Taverna 2.1 Workbench Design Perspective