Parameterized Workflows

Running Parameterized Workflows

Launch the Astrogrid Workbench, and then select
Modules > UserInterface > Parameterized Workflows > Run

after logging in, you will be presented with a list of the available parameterized workflows. Choose one, and fill in the parameters.


A parameterized workflow is a normal workflow document which starts with a processing-instruction of form




The processing instruction contains an embedded xml document that documents the parameterized workflow, lists the parameters it takes, etc. The embedded xml document follows the the version 10 registry schema, where the entry must contain a CeaApplicationDescription See

In addition, Application Description should have only one 'interface' element.

There's an example of a parameterized workflow attached to this page test-workflow-template.xml that doesn't do anything useful, but illustrates the format a template should take.

Index of Parameterized Workflows.

Attached to this page there is an index.xml document index.xml that acts as an index of available parameterized workfloes - it lists their URLs. This file is downloaded by the launcher application on startup.

For convenience, I've attached the parameterized workflow documents to this wiki page too - however, this is not necessary, they only need to be at some publically-accissible URL.

so silvia's solar movie maker workflow is

the two supporting adql query documents are also attached to this page.

Altering an existing parameterized workflow

To make changes to an existing parameterized workflow, grab the file, edit, and then upload a new version of that attachment.

Relaunch the workbench, and it'll grab the latest index.xml - test-run the workflow to verify your changes.

Publishing a new parameterized workflow

When writing a paramererized workflow, bear in mind the following constraints - Parameters must:
    • only be simple scalar values - no lists, documents,
    • only be required parameters - no optional or repeated values
    • be known before execution of the workflow - no interactivity once the workflow is being executed
    • preferably values known to the user (i.e. ra,dec) - not hard-to-know values like myspace references, registry keys.

To publish a new parameterized workflow:

  • copy the format of an existing parameterized workflow
  • edit the processing instruction so that it contains correct metadata for the workflow parameters
  • parameter values can be referenced as normal script variables in the workflow body.
  • add the new workflow as another attachment to the wiki page.
  • edit the index file to include the url of the new workflow.
  • Relaunch the workbench, and it'll grab the latest index.xml - verify that the new workflow appears in the list, and test-run it.

Further Work

  • Allow more complex parameter types in parameterized workflows - i.e. the full range that can be specified in an ApplicationDescription
    • repeated parameters
    • optiona parameters
    • Indirect parameters - i.e. references to contents of files in myspace.

-- NoelWinstanley - 03 Mar 2005

Document History

Moved from AG2 Wiki - and updated to reflect facts now. -- NoelWinstanley - 23 Mar 2005

Edited out the implementation plan, leaving the how-to-do bits. -- NoelWinstanley - 09 May 2005

  • index.xml: Added cone search for a list of objects.

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
elseEXT ParameterizedWorkflows manage 15.8 K 2005-04-04 - 15:53 NoelWinstanley Redshift Maker
elsewf manage 15.7 K 2006-10-09 - 14:35 SilviaDalla Solar Movie Maker new version
xmlxml Tem_F10_query.xml manage 1.3 K 2007-10-23 - 16:21 SilviaDalla F10 query for ctip mode B
xmlxml Tem_kp_query.xml manage 1.2 K 2007-10-23 - 16:21 SilviaDalla Kp query for ctip mode B
xmlxml cdsquerytmovie.xml manage 1.3 K 2007-10-23 - 16:13 SilviaDalla query for movie maker (SOHO/CDS at MSSL)
elsewf manage 8.6 K 2006-06-19 - 09:51 EduardoGonzalez Cone search for a list of objects
xmlxml ctipmodeA.xml manage 7.5 K 2005-11-17 - 11:28 SilviaDalla CTIP model mode A
xmlxml ctipmodeB.xml manage 11.8 K 2006-10-06 - 13:43 SilviaDalla CTIP model mode B
xmlxml eitquerytmovie.xml manage 1.7 K 2007-10-23 - 15:49 SilviaDalla query for movie maker
xmlxml index.xml manage 1.3 K 2006-10-06 - 13:52 SilviaDalla CTIP mode B added
xmlxml redshiftmaker.xml manage 16.0 K 2005-05-23 - 14:33 EduardoGonzalez Redshift Maker Workflow
xmlxml redshiftmakerng.xml manage 21.0 K 2006-06-17 - 14:48 EduardoGonzalez Removed hyperz until bug fixed.
xmlxml sdss-dr3.xml manage 7.6 K 2006-07-27 - 08:11 EduardoGonzalez SDSS DR3 Simple Query
xmlxml sdss-dr4.xml manage 7.6 K 2005-12-02 - 14:29 EduardoGonzalez  
xmlxml sdss-dr5.xml manage 7.6 K 2006-07-26 - 14:06 EduardoGonzalez SDSS DR5 Simple Query
xmlxml sxtquerytmovie.xml manage 1.3 K 2007-10-23 - 16:13 SilviaDalla query for movie maker (Yohkoh/SXT at MSSL)
xmlxml test-workflow-template.xml manage 4.6 K 2005-03-23 - 18:08 NoelWinstanley  
elsewf manage 11.4 K 2005-06-06 - 16:58 SilviaDalla Solar Movie Maker (Time)
xmlxml tracequerytmovie.xml manage 1.6 K 2005-04-29 - 10:22 SilviaDalla Solar Movie Maker (Time)
xmlxml tracequerytmovieral.xml manage 1.3 K 2007-03-27 - 12:24 SilviaDalla query for movie maker (trace at RAL)
Topic revision: r39 - 2007-10-23 - 16:21:35 - SilviaDalla
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