Using registries to integrate bioinformatics tools and services into workbench environments

Hervé Ménager, Matúš Kalaš, Kristoffer Rapacki, Jon Ison

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    Abstract

    The diversity and complexity of bioinformatics resources presents significant challenges to their localisation, deployment and use, creating a need for reliable systems that address these issues. Meanwhile, users demand increasingly usable and integrated ways to access and analyse data, especially within convenient, integrated “workbench” environments. Resource descriptions are the core element of registry and workbench systems, which are used to both help the user find and comprehend available software tools, data resources, and Web Services, and to localise, execute and combine them. The descriptions are, however, hard and expensive to create and maintain, because they are volatile and require an exhaustive knowledge of the described resource, its applicability to biological research, and the data model and syntax used to describe it. We present here the Workbench Integration Enabler, a software component that will ease the integration of bioinformatics resources in a workbench environment, using their description provided by the existing ELIXIR Tools and Data Services Registry.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer
    Volume18
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)581-586
    Number of pages6
    ISSN1433-2779
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com

    Keywords

    • Bioinformatics
    • Service integration
    • Service registry

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