This is the first newsletter of the BioExcel Workflows interest group. As you probably know, BioExcel supports multiple workflow systems for computational biomolecular research, and we are keen to hear from you, either on our forum, or in our Gitter chat room. Feel free to get in touch with your questions about workflows, and we'll do our best to put you in contact with the experts!


BioExcel Workflows

We have been busy building our BioExcel workflow blocks, making generalized wrappers for the supported BioExcel tools. We have started testing these by prototyping the same workflow in Python, PyCOMPSs, Galaxy and Common Workflow Language (CWL). We will soon be asking a wider audience for opinions and testing of our worfklow blocks - please contact us if you are interested!


Common Workflow Language viewer

BioExcel and the University of Manchester have been developing the Common Workflow Language viewer which has already become the de-factor visualizer of CWL workflows, as evidenced by the many workflows already submitted by the CWL community.

BioExcel will be further developing the viewer during the summer months - do keep in touch on for comments and feature requests!



Did you miss our first Workflows IG webinar on Large-scale analytical workflows on the cloud using Galaxy and Globus? No worries, it is still available both on YouTube and on SlideShare, see 

The next webinar is pretty soon, Introduction to the Common Workflow Language (CWL) project presented by Michael Crusoe, starts 21st June next week (2017-06-21):

Last year the CWL team released standards that enable the portable, interoperable, and executable description of command line data analysis tools and workflow made from those tools. These descriptions are enhanced by CWL’s first class (but optional) support for Docker containers. The state of CWL adoption and examples of bioinformatic collaborations across many continents using CWL will be reviewed.

If you would like to attend this CWL webinar, please register at:


Upcoming Events

2017-06-21: BioExcel webinar, Introduction to the Common Workflow Language (CWL). (See above)

2017-07-27/ 2017-07-28 Cambridge UK: Software Sustainability Institute, Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop

2017-07-28: BioExcel webinar, Building a virtual screening workflow with Open PHACTS (details to follow)

If you know of a workflow-related event of interest to the Workflows IG, please send it to our chat room