Abstract

Nyström, P., Falck-Ytter, T. & Gredebäck, G (2016) The Time Studio Project: an open source scientific workflow system for behavioral and brain sciences Behavior Research Methods, 48, 542-552.



This article describes a new open source scientific workflow system, The TimeStudio Project, dedicated to the behavioral and brain sciences. The program is written in MATLAB and features a graphical user interface for dynamic pipelining of computer algorithms developed as TimeStudio plugins. TimeStudio includes both a set of general plugins (for reading data files, modifying of data structures, visualization of data structures etc.) and a set of plugins specifically developed for analysis of event related eye tracking data as proof-of-concept. It is possible to create custom plugins to integrate new or existing MATLAB code anywhere in a workflow, making TimeStudio a flexible workbench for organizing and performing a wide range of analyses. The system also features an integrated sharing and archiving tool for TimeStudio workflows, which can be used to share workflows both during the data analysis phase and after scientific publication. TimeStudio thus facilitates reproduction and replication of scientific studies, increases transparency of analyses and reduces individual researchers’ analysis workload. The project web site (http://timestudioproject.com) contains the latest releases of TimeStudio together with documentation and user forums.