PM4NGS was designed to generate a standard organizational structure for Next Generation Sequencing (ngs) data analysis. It includes a directory structure for the project, several Jupyter notebooks for data management and CWL workflows for pipeline execution.

Our work was inspired by a manuscript by Prof. William Noble in 2009: A Quick Guide to Organizing Computational Biology Projects. We recommend reading this paper for a better understanding of the guiding principles of our project.

The project is composed of three main parts.

  1. a project organizational structure which define a standard files and directories for the project

  2. Jupyter Notebooks as user interfaces for data management and visualization

  3. CWL workflows that execute the data analysis

PM4NGS source code includes the templates used by cookiecutter to generate the project organizational structure and the Jupyter notebooks. The CWL workflows are defined in a separate GitHub project named: cwl-ngs-workflows-cbb.

All projects generated from these templates follow the same design principles explained in the Background Information.


  • NGS data integration, management and analysis uses Jupyter notebooks, CWL workflows and cookiecutter project templates

  • Easy installation and use with a minimum command line interaction

  • Data analysis CWL workflows executed from the Jupyter notebook with automatic failing detection and can be validated with published data

  • CWL workflows and Jupyter Notebooks are ready for cloud computing

  • Project reports and dynamic content creation after data processing using CWL workflows are included

  • Optional use of Docker/Biocontainers or Conda/Bioconda for Bioinformatics tool installations and managements are also included


  1. Vera Alvarez R, Pongor LS, Mariño-Ramírez L and Landsman D. Containerized open-source framework for NGS data analysis and management [version 1; not peer reviewed]. F1000Research 2019, 8(ISCB Comm J):1229 (poster) (doi: 10.7490/f1000research.1117155.1)

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