Taverna Workbench has been more and more used, and can be very well used on data mining (I am using on my current research project). However, this also seem to go under a more specific question instead of conceptual, which thus can fall under the say 'too specific to be of use for the community'. I would like to know what the community think before posting anything related to it. I am aware of their mailing list, but it is sort of dead (god knows why).

I would appreciate pointers to taverna boards or communities if you consider as a NO to questions related to this here.

Since up votes and down votes here are regarding opinion I think we can assume that for this question a up vote means "I think Taverna workbench would be good to have on the community (maybe under a tag taverna workbench)" and down vote would mean "No I think this would not be appropriate for the community"?

Thank you!

  • $\begingroup$ "Appropriated" means "assigned to" or "taken" whereas "appropriate" means "suitable for." I think you want to lose that terminal "d"... :-) $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Apr 5, 2012 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ soooorry! Not primary language. Thanks for calling my attention on that too, very much appreciated :) $\endgroup$ Apr 5, 2012 at 14:49

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Please re-read our FAQ, especially the second section beginning "There are certain subjects that will probably get better responses on our sister sites."

The principle at work here is that when a question is about concepts and the practice of statistics and allied fields (like machine learning, AI, data mining, etc.), it is welcome here. When it is specifically about how to use or program a particular piece of software, it probably belongs elsewhere. That would apply to Taverna as well as it does to R, SAS, and all the rest.

I invite you to update the list of software-specific resources we maintain on these pages. (The list is linked from the FAQ.)

  • $\begingroup$ thanks that was helpful! I don't mind adding to the list, however from the example I am confused if this tool would fit there as a suggestion. Taverna is more of a tool to create workflows, so for example I can get everything automated. It does wonders as I have learned to glue your open source repositories, with a metrics tool, use resources easily, get pre-created workflows by other authors and all that. Where would this fit? Its not like it does things like R or Excel. But it is helpful on data mining. If I got the idea wrong on the question or being appropriate here please let me know :) $\endgroup$ Apr 5, 2012 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ I see what you mean. However, the main purpose of our software list is to help people who think of posting a question here but then realize this is not the right place: they make progress and we don't have to close an off-topic question. If you think people may come here with Taverna questions, then having a Taverna reply on our list will help them. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Apr 5, 2012 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ great! added to the section already. Thanks for the pointer to it, didn't see the list before. $\endgroup$ Apr 5, 2012 at 15:09

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