Recommendations for the packaging and containerizing of bioinformatics software [version 1; referees: 2 approved with reservations]

By: Bjorn Gruening, Olivier Sallou, Pablo Moreno, Felipe da Veiga Leprevost, Hervé MénagerDan Søndergaard, Hannes Röst, Timo Sachsenberg, Brian O’ConnorFábio MadeiraVictoria Dominguez Del AngelMichael R. CrusoeSusheel Varma, Daniel BlankenbergRafael C. JimenezBioContainers Community, Yasset Perez-Riverol

Abstract
Software Containers are changing the way scientists and researchers develop, deploy and exchange scientific software. They allow labs of all sizes to easily install bioinformatics software, maintain multiple versions of the same software and combine tools into powerful analysis pipelines. However, containers and software packages should be produced under certain rules and standards in order to be reusable, compatible and easy to integrate into pipelines and analysis workflows. Here, we presented a set of recommendations developed by the BioContainers Community to produce standardized bioinformatics packages and containers. These recommendations provide practical guidelines to make bioinformatics software more discoverable, reusable and transparent. They are aimed to guide developers, organisations, journals and funders to increase the quality and sustainability of research software.

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Citation: Gruening B, Sallou O, Moreno P et al. Recommendations for the packaging and containerizing of bioinformatics software [version 1; referees: 2 approved with reservations]F1000Research 2018, 7(ELIXIR):742
(https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.15140.1)