Monday, August 20, 2007

Some cool Web 2.0 mashup and workflow tools for science and business applications

[IBM development group has produced some useful tools to help businesses and scientists get their workflow and mashup applications up and running. And the Mygrid team have launched a new repository for the sharing and reuse of various scientific workflows. Thanks to Richard Ackerman and Ed Pimentl for these pointers -- BSA]

myExperiment makes it really easy for the next generation of scientists to contribute to a pool of scientific workflows, build communities and form relationships. myExperiment enables scientists to share, re-use and repurpose workflows and reduce time-to-experiment, share expertise and avoid reinvention.

myExperiment introduces the concept of a workflow bazaar; a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their creations, share them with a wider group and find the workflows of others. Workflows can now be swapped, sorted and searched like photos and videos on the web.

myExperiment is a Virtual Research Environment which makes it easy for people to share experiments and discuss them.

We are currently working with our users to determine exactly how they want this site to work. We had a user meeting at the end of September 2006 to brainstorm myExperiment, and you can read some of the results from this meeting at our portal party wiki.

Currently, a lightweight repository of workflows and the Taverna BioService Finder are available.

Scientists should be able to swap workflows and publications as easily as citizens can share documents, photos and videos on the Web. myExperiment owes far more to social networking websites such as MySpace and YouTube than to the traditional portals of Grid computing, and is immediately familiar to the new generation of scientists. The myExperiment provides a personalised environment which enables users to share, re-use and repurpose experiments - reducing time-to-experiment.

We expect to start with focused pilot myExperiment portals based upon case studies for the specific areas of Astronomy, Bioinformatics, Chemistry and Social Science.