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CloudMan as a platform for tool, data, and analysis distribution

Enis Afgan134*, Brad Chapman2 and James Taylor34

Author Affiliations

1 Center for Informatics and Computing (CIR), Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI), Zagreb, Croatia

2 Bioinformatics Core, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

3 Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

4 Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

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BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13:315  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-315

Published: 27 November 2012



Cloud computing provides an infrastructure that facilitates large scale computational analysis in a scalable, democratized fashion, However, in this context it is difficult to ensure sharing of an analysis environment and associated data in a scalable and precisely reproducible way.


CloudMan ( enables individual researchers to easily deploy, customize, and share their entire cloud analysis environment, including data, tools, and configurations.


With the enabled customization and sharing of instances, CloudMan can be used as a platform for collaboration. The presented solution improves accessibility of cloud resources, tools, and data to the level of an individual researcher and contributes toward reproducibility and transparency of research solutions.

Cloud computing; Service customization; Reproducibility; Accessibility; Galaxy