Common Workflow Language, v1.0

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • External authors:
  • Peter Amstutz (Editor)
  • Michael R. Crusoe (Editor)
  • Nebojša Tijanić (Editor)
  • Brad Chapman
  • John Chilton
  • Michael Heuer
  • Andrey Kartashov
  • Dan Leehr
  • Hervé Ménager
  • Maya Nedeljkovich
  • Matt Scales
  • Luka Stojanovic


The Common Workflow Language (CWL) is an informal, multi-vendor working group consisting of various organizations and individuals that have an interest in portability of data analysis workflows. Our goal is to create specifications that enable data scientists to describe analysis tools and workflows that are powerful, easy to use, portable, and support reproducibility.CWL builds on technologies such as JSON-LD and Avro for data modeling and Docker for portable runtime environments. CWL is designed to express workflows for data-intensive science, such as Bioinformatics, Medical Imaging, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy.This is v1.0 of the CWL tool and workflow specification, released on 2016-07-08

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2016

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