Synapse provenance editor

Provenance is a great way to both record what has been done to generate a result and also to get credit for the work you are doing.

Previously, Synapse provenance services have only been exposed via our REST API and our analytical clients (R, python, and command line). We have recently build a web interface to enable both creation and editing of provenance associated with any File stored in Synapse.

The Synapse provenance system allows users to specify how a File was generated – by providing a name, description, as well as any resources (either a Synapse-specific or external URL reference) which were ‘Used’ or ‘Executed’ in order to generate that File.

Currently, the provenance editor can be accessed by using the Tools menu on any File page – and selecting ‘Edit Provenance’.

-The Synapse Team


About Brian Bot
I am a Principal Scientist working in Computational Oncology at Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, Washington and Community Manager for our technology platforms. Previously, I worked in the Department of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics at the Mayo Clinic for 7 years. This work included 7 years of dealing with cancer clinical trial data as part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (MCCC). I have extensive experience in working with clinical and genomic data and have a passion for exploring innovative ways to make science more open and transparent. My current work involves both doing innovative research in computational oncology as well as serving as a bridge between biomedical researchers and technology development. At its heart, this work is driven to re-envision how scientists can ensure reproducibility of their research results and communicate complex science to one another and to the public at large. I have been an invited speaker at a number of national and international events to share my experiences living at the intersection of biomedical research and technology.

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