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CamBAfx: workflow design, implementation and application for neuroimaging

By Cinly Ooi, Edward Bullmore, Alle-Meije Wink, Levent Sendur, Anna Barnes, Sophie Achard, John Aspden, Sanja Abbott, Shigang Yue, Manfred Kitzbichler, David Meunier, Voichita Maxim, Raymond Salvador, Julian Henty, Roger Tait, Naresh Subramaniam and John Suckling

Abstract

CamBAfx is a workflow application designed for both researchers who use workflows to process data (consumers) and those who design them (designers). It provides a front-end (user\ud interface) optimized for data processing designed in a way familiar to consumers. The back-end\ud uses a pipeline model to represent workfl ows since this is a common and useful metaphor used\ud by designers and is easy to manipulate compared to other representations like programming\ud scripts. As an Eclipse Rich Client Platform application, CamBAfx’s pipelines and functions can\ud be bundled with the software or downloaded post-installation. The user interface contains all the\ud workfl ow facilities expected by consumers. Using the Eclipse Extension Mechanism designers\ud are encouraged to customize CamBAfx for their own pipelines. CamBAfx wraps a workfl ow\ud facility around neuroinformatics software without modifi cation. CamBAfx’s design, licensing\ud and Eclipse Branding Mechanism allow it to be used as the user interface for other software,\ud facilitating exchange of innovative computational tools between originating labs

Topics: G400 Computer Science, B140 Neuroscience
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.3389/neuro.11.027.2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2666

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