Common motifs in scientific workflows: An empirical analysis

Garijo Verdejo, Daniel and Alper, P. and Belhajjame, K. and Corcho, Oscar and Gil, Yolanda and Goble, C. (2013). Common motifs in scientific workflows: An empirical analysis. "Future Generation Computer Systems" ; ISSN 0167-739X.


Title: Common motifs in scientific workflows: An empirical analysis
  • Garijo Verdejo, Daniel
  • Alper, P.
  • Belhajjame, K.
  • Corcho, Oscar
  • Gil, Yolanda
  • Goble, C.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Future Generation Computer Systems
Date: 21 September 2013
Freetext Keywords: Scientific workflows, Flujos de trabajo científicos, Workflow motif, motivos del flujo de trabajo, Workflow pattern, patrón de trabajo, Taverna, Wings, Alas, Galaxy, Galaxia, Vistrails.
Faculty: Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Department: Inteligencia Artificial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Workflow technology continues to play an important role as a means for specifying and enacting computational experiments in modern science. Reusing and re-purposing workflows allow scientists to do new experiments faster, since the workflows capture useful expertise from others. As workflow libraries grow, scientists face the challenge of finding workflows appropriate for their task, understanding what each workflow does, and reusing relevant portions of a given workflow.We believe that workflows would be easier to understand and reuse if high-level views (abstractions) of their activities were available in workflow libraries. As a first step towards obtaining these abstractions, we report in this paper on the results of a manual analysis performed over a set of real-world scientific workflows from Taverna, Wings, Galaxy and Vistrails. Our analysis has resulted in a set of scientific workflow motifs that outline (i) the kinds of data-intensive activities that are observed in workflows (Data-Operation motifs), and (ii) the different manners in which activities are implemented within workflows (Workflow-Oriented motifs). These motifs are helpful to identify the functionality of the steps in a given workflow, to develop best practices for workflow design, and to develop approaches for automated generation of workflow abstractions.

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Deposited by: Dr Oscar Corcho
Deposited on: 03 Dec 2013 14:31
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 12:38
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