Michael Crusoe, co-founder of the Common Workflow Language (http://www.commonwl.org/) recently spoke at ANU on the benefits and uses of this language. His trip to Canberra, to speak and to meet with researchers and students, was sponsored by the ANU Bioinformatics Consultancy (http://abc.anu.edu.au).
The Common Workflow Language (CWL) is a specification for describing analysis workflows and tools in a way that makes them portable and scalable across a variety of software and hardware environments, from workstations to cluster, cloud, and high performance computing (HPC) environments. CWL is designed to meet the needs of data-intensive science, such as Bioinformatics and Medical Imaging. It is developed by an informal, multi-vendor working group consisting of organizations and individuals aiming to enable scientists to share data analysis workflows.
Michael wanted to impart that "the Common Workflow Language standards were explicitly designed so that researchers can focus on the 'hows' and 'whys' of their data analysis in way that the supporting service providers can use to optimize the available resources".
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