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ELIXIR | Workshop on FAIR Computational Workflows


Wednesday, 2nd September


13:30 to 16:30 (CEST)


  • Ignacio Eguinoa | Affiliation, Country
  • Björn Grüning | Affiliation, Country
  • Frederik Coppens | Affiliation, Country
  • Carole Goble | Affiliation, Country
  • Stian Soiland-Reyes| Affiliation, Country
  • Salvador Capella-Gutierrez | Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

Invited Speakers

  • TBA


Long-term use and uptake by the life-science community requires that workflows (as well as tools) are findable, accessible, exchanged and combined with others, and further that they are citable so that author’s credit is attributed fairly and accurately.

The work on improving the FAIRness of workflows has already started and a whole ecosystem of tools and standards has been under development to ensure the production of workflow as FAIR research products.

In this workshop we will first review the ideas of FAIR principles for computational workflows. The second and core part of the workshop will take participants on a tour around the current ecosystem of tools, services, standards and future developments that help researchers produce FAIR digital objects in general, and workflows in particular. The tour will through:

  • Open standards to capture workflow definitions, dependencies and execution provenance:

CWL and CWLProv.

  • Specifications for metadata definition and packaging: RO-Crate and Research Objects
  • Workflow repositories that allow publication and discovery of published workflows:
  • Connection of these objects with popular WMS such as Galaxy.

Depending on the number of attendees this will section consist of either an interactive session or a live demo.

Last section of the workshop is reserved for discussion on future plans and ideas based on participants' experiences with workflow creation, usage and publication.

Target audience

  • Researchers looking to make their workflow available in a FAIR way and/or accessing and running published workflows and workflow executions.
  • Developers of workflow management systems (WMS) that would benefit from export and

import features of workflows to/from registries, using standard formats.