A graphical workflow management system is being developed to meet multiple research community needs, such as the coordination of experiments and simulations, data capture using consistent formats, avoidance of data loss, scheduling of resources, and traceability of the overall research process. The workflow management system allows research processes to be created and sequenced using a drag-and-drop flowchart interface. The interface includes the ability to assign processes to specific researchers, specify the computational or experimental resources to use, define inputs and outputs, and set other properties as needed. All workflow entities – including sub-workflows, processes, decisions, and events – can be saved as templates for reuse.
While the web service endpoints are potentially callable from any platform, development efforts are specifically focused on implementing a component/plug-in to tie the workflow management system to HUB projects. A demonstration of the HUB workflow component will be conducted, in which the component will be used to replace spreadsheet-based experimental monitors.
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