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 was started by the myGrid project.

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