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Taverna is an open source and domain-independent Workflow Management System a suite of tools used to design and execute scientific workflows and aid in silico experimentation. Taverna has been created by the myGrid team and funded through the OMII-UK. The project has guaranteed funding till 2014. The Taverna suite is written in Java and includes the Taverna Engine (used for enacting workflows) that powers both the Taverna Workbench (the desktop client application) and the Taverna Server (which allows remote execution of workflows). Taverna is also available as a Command Line Tool for a quick execution of workflows from a terminal.

Taverna enables users to create workflows of their in silico experimental method. This workflow can then be linked and run multiple times enabling reproducibility of both the method, and the results (given an identical input dataset).

There is now current gnode1 installation. This is the command line only based version and is located in /usr/local/bin/taverna or can be run with thw taverna_cmd_line command.

Otherwise, installers are available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. As it is an open-source project, the source code is also available for download. A server based installation of Taverna is something that could be installed in future when required - this would provide a web-page enabling workflow execution.

There is numerous documentation available at their website and on the myGrid pages.

Taverna can "wrap" a large number of program types including interfacing with web-servers and web-services, full R support, and wrappers for native system executables and binaries. It also enables "shims" to be used to enable tool compatibility of inputs and outputs (especially file formats and file types).

It is integrated with both myExperiment and BioCatalogue enabling community sharing and searching of created workflows.

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