Biodiv Sci ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (3): 277-284.  DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.13267

Special Issue: 生物多样性信息学专题(II)

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Process-oriented ecological modeling approach and scientific workflow system

Huijie Qiao, Congtian Lin, Jiangning Wang, Liqiang Ji*()   

  1. Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
  • Received:2013-12-26 Accepted:2014-05-16 Online:2014-05-20 Published:2014-06-04
  • Contact: Ji Liqiang


A scientific workflow system is designed specifically to organize, manage and execute a series of research steps, or a workflow, in a given runtime environment. The vision for scientific workflow systems is that the scientists around the world can collaborate on designing global-scaled experiments, sharing the data sets, experimental processes, and results on an easy-to-use platform. Each scientist can create and execute their own workflows and view results in real-time, and then subsequently share and reuse workflows among other scientists. Two case studies, using the Kepler system and BioVeL, are introduced in this paper. Ecological niche modeling process, which is a specialized form of scientific workflow system included in both Kepler system and BioVeL, was used to describe and discuss the features, developmental trends, and problems of scientific workflows.

Key words: scientific workflow, ecological modeling, ecological niche model, Kepler system, BioVeL