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Reporting, Workflow Run Manager, Provenance, and Tagging add-on module suites released, Sept 30, 2010

The Kepler Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Reporting, Workflow Run Manager, Provenance, and Tagging add-on module suites for Kepler 2.1.

These suites may be downloaded and installed using the Module Manager, accessible from the Tools menu in Kepler. In the Module Manager, change to the Available Modules Tab, and move the suite you would you like to use into the Selected Modules area. Reporting uses the Workflow Run Manager, which uses Provenance, which uses Tagging. If you are interested in trying the new functionality provided by all four suites, simply move the Reporting suite into your Selected Modules area and click Apply and Restart.

* Tagging *
The Tagging suite facilitates annotating your workflows and workflow runs in a fairly free-form manner. Tags are ontological concepts described using OWL (Web Ontology Language). This lets the concepts share complex interrelations. Tags assigned to a workflow are automatically assigned to any runs of that workflow. This allows you to tag based on a run-specific property (e.g. an exception was thrown during workflow execution) or on an inherent property of the particular workflow. For more details, see the Tagging documentation:

* Provenance *
The Provenance suite tracks lineage of workflows and their data products. By default, provenance records workflow execution details into a local database stored on your computer in KeplerData/modules/provenance/. Recording may be toggled on and off using the Provenance Recorder button in the Kepler toolbar. For more details, see:

* Workflow Run Manager *
The Workflow Run Manager suite provides a GUI for managing workflow execution history ("workflow runs") stored by the Provenance module. Past workflows and their associated reports may be easily browsed using the Workflow Run Manager. Workflow runs may also be searched, tagged, deleted, exported, imported, or uploaded to a remote repository. For more details, see:

* Reporting *
The Reporting suite provides GUIs for easily generating reports from Kepler workflows runs. As you design a workflow, you may also design a report layout based on this workflow. After execution, a report is generated using the design layout, filling in any necessary data values captured by Provenance during execution. For more details, see:

This work was completed beneath the REAP and SANParks projects. REAP is funded by the National Science Foundation under award 0619060. SANParks is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Provenance was supported by DOE grant DE-FC02-01ER25486 for SciDAC/SDM, NSF CEO:P Award No. DBI 0619060 for REAP and NSF SDCI Award OCI-0722079 for Kepler/CORE.

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