Workspace is a powerful cross-platform workflow framework designed with two groups of people in mind:
- Users who want to create and share scientific workflows in one coherent, easy-to-use environment where much of the “heavy lifting” has already been developed and proven over a number of years
- Developers who want to make their software available as commercial products, plugins or components that can be freely mixed with capabilities from collaborators
The plugin-based Workspace framework addresses the needs of both groups – it has been designed in a flexible way to promote the collaboration and reuse of software between researchers in different scientific domains.
Workspace has grown out of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61 business unit, and has been in development since 2007. Originally designed to construct workflows for scientists in the computational fluid dynamics space, Workspace recognises the importance of interactivity, visualisation, scalability, and ease-of-use in a scientific workflow.