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This page provides an overview on the collaboration relationships to be reported in Y3.  In the deliverable  D8.4 v1.1 the section "Collaboration Development" there are a number of collaboration relationships mentioned: 

 --      Preservation project 

  • EU SCAPE. Need Update Y3. The collaboration relationship established with the EU SCAPE project (SCAlable Preservation Environments; since 2011, of which UNIMAN is a project partner is still going on. The SCAPE project is looking into what they call Investigation Research Objects that are heavily influenced by the wf4ever RO work. They are likely to build tools based on their own existing infrastructure but there are some chances that they consider using the wf4ever RO. This is still an ongoing exploiting opportunity.

EU TIMBUS. The TIMBUS project ( is another large EU project that is dedicated to preservation for business workflow. They have a different but complementary focus from that of Wf4Ever focus, with larger scale business case studies and a much stronger legal concern for justifying actions to workflows. These complementary approaches have led to joint development of a tutorial "From Preserving Data to Preserving Research – Curation of Process and Context" in which the Wf4Ever and TIMBUS solutions are demonstrated side by side covering different aspects of the preservation process through a common collaboratively developed scenario. This scenario, in turn, has led to a paper currently under submission describing its development and tooling jointly authored by Wf4Ever and TIMBUS members.


A collaboration has been established with ADSLabs project, lead by NASA/SAO Astrophysics Data System (ADS). The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant.

ADSLabs is a project to integrate a powerful and seamless search interface that allows discovering, exploring and visualizing the contents of nearly 10 million bibliographic records, 60 million citations, and close to 3 million full-text documents, the world's most complete collection of scholarly content in the physical sciences and in the Astronomy domain. All are cross-referenced through journals, authors, citations, subjects, and astronomical objects. Integrated in its databases, the ADS provides access and pointers to a wealth of external resources, including electronic articles, data catalogs, observation proposals, astronomical software and code. 

The collaboration has consisted so far on the analysis of whether some of the contents that ADSLabs provides can be retrieved in the form of interlinked RDF content, using some libraries provided by ADSLabs' responsible people, and transform them into Research Objects that can be stored in Wf4Ever's RO portal. The work so far has gone into the retrieval of existing data, which is now being analysed for its ROification.

--      Scientific research project

  • BioVel
    • The EU BioVel ( project (of which UNIMAN is a partner) is one such research project that has maintained close collaboration relationship with us by providing active users' feedback to the outcomes of our project. This has been extremely valuable for us to receive early, external feedback, and from a very large community who are actively using workflow technologies in their daily research. This collaboration with BioVel will be further exploited in year 3 (see D8.5v1).
    • Need Update Y3: One of our team member will be joining this project to migrate ROs into this project.
  • RD-Connect
    • The EU FP7 project RD-Connect builds a platform for Rare Disease research, in particular (but not exclusive to) the EU FP7 projects Neuromics (Neuromuscular diseases) and Euronomics (Rare kidney diseases). Many of the bioinformatics analysis methods, including the biosemantics knowledge discovery methods, will be implemented as workflows and provided to the platform as such. MyExperiment is used as the workflow repository. It is the intention to capture important workflow experiments using ROs and Nanopublications. Project web site:


  • VAMDC 
    • The EU FP7 project VAMDC (Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Center) is a consortium of databases & services providers that has built a interoperable e-science environment-based interface to its members. A collaboration has been started for the integration of activities related the development of tools for workflow management in the astronomy domain. VAMDC project is particularly interested for a potential integration of some of its plugins in Wf4Ever AstroTaverna plugin, as wel as adding access from Taverna to PDL-described web services. 
  • AMIGA4GAS** The AMIGA4GAS (AMIGA for GTC, ALMA, and SKA pathfinders) project co-funded by Spanish MICINN and FEDER funds aims to study the properties of the isolated galaxies taking advantage of the sensitivity provided by new generation facilities such GTC, ALMA and SKA pathfinders. Participants of this project have been leading the design of use cases and functionalities for Wf4Ever tools in the astronomy domain. The three astronomy Golden Exemplars developed in Wf4Ever are used in AMIGA4GAS project as tools that improve the working methodology, fostering efficiency and re-use. All related work like workflows, packs, documents, inputs and results files, scripts, etc. is published with different access properties in AMIGA group in MyExperiment platform.

--      Infrastructure project

  • Shiwa/ER-Flow
    • The EU Shiwa project ( aims to provide infrastructure to support interoperable workflow sharing for large-scale scientific simulation experiments. We had started collaboration communication since 2011. During 2012 our project members have been invited to attend workshops and summer school organised by the Shiwa project. A memorandum that defines a framework of collaboration between SHIWA and Wf4ever was signed between the two projects.
    • -- UPDATED
    • A collaboration has been started with EU FP7 Project Er-Flow in order to migrate and execute a representative sample of VO AstroTaverna workflows on SHIWA Simulation Platform (SSP) infrastructure. The porting of existing use cases related with workflows for the kinematic analysis of datacubes in distributed computing infrastructures has been also studied. The AMIGA group is providing user and technical feedback for the migration of web services for datacube analysis to  Er-Flow infrastructure. 
  • Open PHACTS
    • Open PHACTS (Open Pharmacological Space) builds a Linked Data framework for pre-competitive pharmacological data such as information of drug compounds. Open PHACTS is a funder of Nanopublication and provenance development, which is the main basis for collaboration between wf4ever and OpenPHACTS. In addition, OpenPHACTS has released Web Services that users, including LUMC, have started building workflows from.


  • AMIGA4GASThe AMIGA4GAS (AMIGA for GTC, ALMA, and SKA pathfinders) project, co-funded by Spanish MICINN and FEDER funds, has a strong technical component for studying the federation of  distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). The Fundación Centro de Supercomputación Castilla y León (FCSCL) is leading this ICT research, exploring possible issues in network, storage and processing in order to deploy AMIGA4GAS scientific workflows on  DCIs, integrating Spanish High Performance Computing centers and the IberGrid initiative in a federated infrastructure of heterogeneous resources. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the Instituto de Telecomunicaçoes in Portugal also collaborate in these tasks. Technical developments and infrastructure has been provided by AMIGA4GAS project in the development of third astronomy Golden Exemplar, making use of web services deployed at the AMIGA4GAS infrastructure.

--      Other projects

The AMIGA group (WP5) is a full partner of the one-year regional project CANUBE (Ciencia Abierta en la NUBE). CANUBE [1][2] is an Open Science Project granted by the Second Call for Proposals of the Bio-TIC Campus of International Excellence of the University of Granada. The idea that brings together partners of this project is open knowledge and free software, which are at the heart of open science in the cloud. A collaboration has been established in order to undertake continuous improvements on AstroTaverna plugin and disseminate workflows and research objects methodology among the scientific community. 


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