[BiO BB] Linear Bioinformatics workflow?

Martin Gollery marty.gollery at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 17:37:48 EDT 2005

Along with the aforementioned Taverna and pegasys, take a look at VIBE from
Incogen. Since you are at a university you can get the API for free.


On 10/3/05, Amir Karger <akarger at cgr.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Several people mentioned 2-D graphical workflow tool in a "Bioinformatics
> workflow?" thread on bioclusters. (I'm redirecting my non-cluster-y
> question
> here.) While still a newbie, I'm getting the impression that many
> bioinformatics workflows are mostly linear, with obvious important
> exceptions like conditions and loops. For example, I had a client last
> week
> who wanted to script:
> 1 blast [sequence=..., program=...] > blast.out
> 2 get hits from blast.out > blast.hits
> 3 find hits with 50-70% sequence identity from blast.hits >
> blast.good_hits
> 3 download/fastacmd sequences for IDs in blast.good_hits > hits.fasta
> 4 clustalw hits.fasta > publishable_result (OK, not really)
> Our current model is to help people to write shell scripts, but that
> doesn't
> work for all users. It seems like a two-dimensional workflow tool would be
> overkill for the above. All I need is a tool that combines
> Pise/iNquiry-style "select a bioinformatics tool, input parameters" with
> the
> ability to save a set of commands.
> Of course, it would be much less powerful and flexible than the 2-D
> workflow
> tools. But "protocols" (http://biopipe.org/protocols/) might be an easier
> sell to computer-phobes than directed acyclic graphs.
> Is there anything out there that does this? I'd much rather steal than
> build.
> - Amir Karger
> Computational Biology Group
> Bauer Center for Genomics Research
> Harvard University
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Martin Gollery
Associate Director
Center For Bioinformatics
University of Nevada at Reno
Dept. of Biochemistry / MS330
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