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Workflows and Services
Content of workflows
Workflows are any documents that guide the analysis of any type of biomedical data, which could be, for example,
- Formal "workflows" defined in some workflow languages
- Scripts in any scripting language for the analysis of some data
- Screenshots for the use of certain software or cloud platform
- A software package written in any language
Format of workflows
In physical form, workflows sold at bioworkflows.com can consist of
- Meta data such as title, description, keywords, license, price etc
- Main page that contains description of the workflows, which could include description of the data, scripts, outputs, figures. The main page could be in Jupiter Notebook or RMarkdown format.
- Banner images one or more images that illustrate the workflow, which could be automatically extracted from the main page if a Jupiter Notebook is supplied.
- Arbitrary attachments which can include the main "scripts", datasets.
Copyrighted and public-domain workflows
Sellers of workflows can reserve all the copyrights, or put the workflows in public domain. The main difference Is that you can modify or re-distribute workflows in public domain but cannot do so for copyrighted workflows..
Free and premium workflows
Sellers can sell both copyrighted or public-domain workflows for a price, or distributed them for free.
- If the workflows contains scripts, you may need to adapt the scripts to your own data for your own computational environments
- If the workflows contains more or less "portable workflows", you will need to use the appropriate workflow executors and execute the workflows,
- If the workflows contains screenshots or video tutorials, you could try to follow the step by step guide to analyze your data manually
- If the workflows use certain proprietary software or platform, you will need to gain access to the software or platform before you try to use them
- If the workflows are provided only for the demonstration of the process and lacks any detail, you will need to talk to the seller and set up a service agreement for him or her to develop workflows for your particular needs.
- They are supported by their authors so you know who to ask if you get a question
- They are rated by peer users so you can learn how others apply the workflows before trying them
- They are updated by their authors so you are not left in the dark when new tools and reference data become available. Note that you are entitled to all future updates of purchased workflows.
Buying Workflows and Services
Things will become a little bit complicated if you purchased a workflow without such a refund policy and the quality of workflow does not meet your expectation. In this case you will need to email our custom support for a refund.
- If the seller offers support to the workflow (this can be a good indicator that the sellers are behind their workflows), you can contact them through the
supportsection of the workflow that you purchased.
- You can post a comment under the
commentsection of the workflow so that other buyers can help you. The comments will be viewable by all visitors.
- It is generally discouraged to post questions about specific workflows in the discussion forum (), but you could ask for recommendations on the right workflows to use, especially if you offer a bounty for your question.
- If none of the method works, you can leave a negative feedback for your purchase to warn others against the purchase the workflow.
- Post a question in our discussion forum (
Workflows -> Discussions). Please be very specific about the data or problems you have and what types of workflows you are looking for.
- You may also search sellers by their expertises (
Services -> Expertiseor
Services -> Freelancers) and contact them directly through one of their offered workflows and related services.
Selling at BioWorkflows.com
1. Make sure you are eligible to become a freelancer.If you will only occasionally answer a few questions (and claim some bounties), or you are only interested in distributing your workflows for free, you generally do not need to worry about eligibility. However, if you become serious and would like to provide a number of high quality workflows and providing services, you should make sure that you are eligible to work as a freelancer. It may surprise you that your employer disallows you to work on a second job, especially if what you sell at bioworkflows.com may contain copyrighted material that you develop at work.
2. Register an account and become an sellerAfter you register an account at BioWorkflows.com, you can go to
become an seller. You will need to agree on our terms of service and acknowledge a few important notices such as copyright of workflows. In some rare cases, we may contact your for additional verification. You will also need to set up one or more payout methods for you to receive payments, and it is highly recommended that you create "expertises" and make your profile publicly available so that others can locate you from these expertises.
3. Create workflows and advertise your servicesThere are several method for you to provide services. You can
- Create workflows and charge a price for the sell of each copy to it.
- Offer to provide paid services for selected workflows.
- Answer questions in our discussion forum, and claim bounty either by answering the questions directly or referring to your own workflows
My Workflows -> Upload), the workflow is in draft mode and can be freely modified.
- You can edit the workflow by modifying its meta data, main page, and add or remove attachments
- If you have set up GitHub integration to your workflow, pushing to the GitHub repository will automatically update the workflow on bioworkflows.com.
fork your workflowto create a newer version.
- After you publish a forked workflow, the newer version will become the default version.
- The old version are still available from the workflow details page. In this way you can create a variations of the same workflow (e.g. one for mouse and one for human) and you even set the name of the variants to make them easier to remember.
- You can opt to
archivethe old version of the workflow. In this case the workflows will not be listed under the details page, but will still be available to buyers of the workflows.
- Integrate your account with GitHub. You can either sign in with your GitHub account, or link your GitHub account with your BioWorkflows account after signing in.
- Create and maintain your workflows in GitHub repositories
- When you upload your workflows to BioWorkflows, add the blob URL to "Auto-update from GitHub"
- If your workflow is in draft mode, the content of the workflow will be replaced by the new version.
- If your workflow is already published, a new draft version will be created.
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