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From Matthieu Melcot <matthieu.mel...@spaceapplications.com>
Subject A few questions before choosing Taverna for our project
Date Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:30:50 GMT
Dear Taverna Team,

I am currently looking for an orchestrator that could suit our project 

I discovered Taverna and it seems very interesting.

I have a few questions that I would like to clarify before making the 
choice of using Taverna in our project

The core of the project is the orchestration of WPS processes 
(http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wps) which are Web Services for 
Geospatial processing.
Basically, a client can request one of the 3 following 
"GetCapabilities", "DescribeProcess", "Execute" and get a
response in XML

The WPS server implementation that we will use 
(http://52north.org/communities/geoprocessing/wps/) doesn't embed the 
WPS xml inside SOAP (even if the OGC WPS norm describes it), and their 
are not WSDL capabilities.

1) Is it relatively easy to develop a component for Taverna that will 
allow to add these WPS services into the "Services Available" for 
building a workflow ? Which kind of effort would it represent ?
I read 
that some people try to use WPS with Taverna (Through WSDL however), but 
they didnt succeed.

2) In the case that it is possible, is there some possibilities to 
describe semantically the input and output of these WPS services (indeed 
the input and outputs will always be URL (texts), but the URLs reference 
different types of materials), so that it would be possible to check if 
the connections are valid. It seems that Taverna has that kind of 

3) My third question is about the monitoring and control of the workflow 
Is there a way through the REST API to ask which part of a workflow is 
actually executing.

4) Is there a simple Web Viewer/Controller (It seems that the "Taverna 
Player" needs to be embedded in web pages in ruby). Is there a more 
straightforward way to use this player in order to test it ?

5) Is there a mean to control and monitor the execution of a remote 
workflow directly from the Taverna Workbench. It seems that "File / Open 
Workflow Location" makes reference to a .t2flow remote file, and not a 
workflow that would have been load into the Taverna Server.

Thanks in advance for your help

Matthieu Melcot

Matthieu Melcot
Software Engineer

Space Applications Services NV/SA
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Direct: +32-(0)2-416.05.35
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