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Workshop contents

The workshop will cover several areas:

  • Taverna roadmap - what can be expected from the Taverna team and when (new OSGi-fied Taverna Platform, Taverna Server, workflow language, Taverna protocol, next generation Workbench, etc.)
  • Current Taverna Workbench and various extension points
  • Developing activity plugins for the Workbench (what it requires, maven archetypes, some hands on experience, issues people may come across - classloading, security, etc.)

Workshop Agenda

Thursday, 5th November

10:30-11:00 - Intro from our guests
- What is everyone is working on

11:00-11:30 Intro from the Taverna team (Roadmap) - Shoaib Sufi
- Taverna 2009/2010 roadmap
- Will there be a remote execution Taverna server? How soon?
- Are there plans to add SOA-framework features to Taverna? Swapability/SOA patterns.
- How can we leverage the functionality of a SOA framework?

11:30-12:00 Discussion/Question time

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Embedding Taverna in your applications (Taverna Server, Spring, Raven) - Alan Williams
- What's the best way to run the Taverna workflow engine embedded?
- Is it a good idea to do what HELIO people plan do with Taverna? If not, how to do it better?
- How is Taverna using Spring in the future?
- What's the roadmap of Raven?
- What's the best way to work with XML data (VOTables) ? (VOTables equiv. virtual observatory tables)
- Paging of the results of a workflow. Have we got any suggestions/ideas?
- Is it possible to get the web service location from an input port?

14:30 - 15:30  Grids, security, etc. - Stian Soiland-Reyes
- Code Footprint: The number of JAR dependencies of Taverna is "impressive".
- What's the best way to access a local database?
- What to do about class leaks?
- We need to join (large) datasets often. Should we do this in a webservice, in a plugin or a Beanshell activity? (involve Paul)
- Was Taverna ever used in a Grid environment? How? Running wfs on a grid vs. just using services that are on the grid
- Grid security

15:30 - 16:30 REST support, database issues, etc. - Stuart Owen
- What's the best way to access a local database?
- Streaming data out from (and into) a workflow as it is being produced/consumed
- REST-support in Taverna
- What are the memory, storage, ... limits of Taverna?

Friday, 6th November

11:30 - 12:30 Feedback session
- Feedback from the previous day and questions
- Setting the agenda for the rest of the day

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch

Dates and location

  • Location : Room Atlas 1, Kilburn Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road M13 9PL
  • Starting : 10.30am 5th November 2009
  • Ending : 3.00pm 6th November 2009

The workshop will be held in the Kilburn Building at the University of Manchester, which is marked as number 39 on the map. Taverna team is located in room 1.17 (as you enter through the main entrance, take the first turn on the right past the atrium) and go to the end of that corridor. We are on the left hand side across the Common Room. The room where the workshop will be held is Atlas 1 - to get there continue walking past room 1.17 to the end of the corridor (virtually 2 metres) and then turn left - Atlas 1 is one of the three rooms located in the small area as you turn.

Lunch (cold buffet) will be provided on both days.

Dinner on the 5th November - pay-for-yourself basis, restaurant to be decided based on people's preferences.

Coming to and staying in Manchester

The best way to come to Manchester city centre (and the University) from Manchester Airport (code: MAN) is by train. From the airport trains to the city centre run every 15 minutes into the main Piccadilly train station; the average journey time is around 20 minutes. Some of the trains will also stop at the Oxford train station, which is also in the city centre and slightly closer to the University. Alternatively you can jump into a taxi which will cost you less than £20. More info on coming from/going to the airport can be found here.

Piccadilly (main) and Oxford Road rail stations are both within the walking distance from the Kilburn Building. If you are taking a train from the airport, it is better to get off at the Oxford Road station as is it slightly closer to the venue and all you'd have to do is walk down the Oxford Road for approximately 10 minutes. Coming from Piccadilly would take you approximately 20 minutes on foot.

Here is a map of city centre, with the train stations and the Kilburn Building clearly marked.

There are many places to stay near the University, some suggestions with approximate prices are:

  • Manchester Business School (MBS) (60£/night)
  • IBIS Hotel (65£/night)
  • Novotel Hotel (80£/night at the best rate)
  • Palace Hotel Manchester (105£/night)


This is a list of everyone we are expecting to see at the workshop at the moment:

  • Sean Bechhofer (local)
  • Anja Le Blanc (local)
  • Marco Soldati (Arriving Thursday 8.00 UK Time, leaving Friday evening)
  • Simon Felix (Arriving Thursday 8.00 UK Time, leaving Friday evening)
  • Michel Gangloff (Arriving Wednesday evening, leaving Friday evening) 
  • Gabriele Pierantoni
  • Donal Fellows
  • Sardar Hussain
  • John Ryan
  • John Brooke (local)
  • None