Recommendations for the Packaging and Containerizing of Bioinformatics Software

Published in F1000Research, 2018

Recommended citation: Gruening B, Sallou O, Moreno P, et al. Recommendations for the packaging and containerizing of bioinformatics software. F1000Res. 2018;7:ISCB Comm J-742. Published 2018 Jun 14. doi:10.12688/f1000research.15140.2

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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.