The e-Science lab researches and develops tools and techniques designed to "help e-Scientists get on with science, and get on with scientists".

Our areas of research include reproducible research, asset curation and preservation, semantic interoperability, knowledge exchange between scientists, and new models of scholarly communication.

Our work aims to support the creation of "e-laboratories" and has been used in domains as diverse as systems biology, social science, astronomy, multimedia and chemistry and adopted by a large number of projects and institutions.

Areas and projects

  • Core projects that fund fundamental research and the development of tools.
    • myGrid Platform Grant
    • BioVeL – Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory
    • SysMO-DB – Interoperation of Systems Biology data and services
    • myExperiment Virtual Research Environment for Scientists ( workflows & in silico experiments).
    • Social Networking for Life Sciences
    • wf4ever - Preservation of scientific experiments in data-intensive science
    • SCAPE – Developing scalable services for collections of complex digital objects
  • Associated projects in which tools are used to solve particular e-Science problems.
    • BioVeL – Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory
    • ChemTaverna – Workflows for chemoinformatics
    • SysMO-DB – Interoperation of Systems Biology data and services
    • The Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology – development and exploitation of Systems Biology techniques
    • OpenPHACTS – for the semantic web Open Pharmacological Space
  • Outreach projects designed to expose scientists to the possible uses of e-Science and to assist them in adopting the available tools and techniques
    • Software Sustainability Institute – facilitating self-sustainability of research software


The e-Science lab gratefully acknowledges the funding support of their Sponsors:


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Spotlight: Taverna

A screenshot of the interface of the Taverna application

Taverna is an open source and domain-independent Workflow Management System – a suite of tools used to design and execute scientific workflows and aid in silico experimentation.

Developed in the e-Science lab (as part of the myGrid consortium and most recently funded though FP7 projects BioVeL, SCAPE and Wf4Ever) Taverna has recently been accepted as an Apache Incubator project, which means that future releases will developed as part of the Apache process and be called Apache Taverna.

The Taverna tools include the Workbench (desktop client application), the Command Line Tool (for a quick execution of workflows from a terminal), the Server (for remote execution of workflows) and the Player (Web interface plugin for submitting workflows for remote execution). 

There are more than 350 organizations around the world, both academic and commercial, are known to use Taverna.

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