The Tripal Gateway Project is a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Funded (award #1443040) project designed to create infrastructure to support two important needs within the Tripal community: data exchange and big data analysis. Since it's first relase in 2009, Tripal has continued to be adopted by groups around the world hosting genomics, genetics and breeding data. With this growth has come the needs of a maturing community, including that of accessing data via web services by client applications as well well as between Tripal sites themselves. Modern sequencing technologies have expanded the need for workflow-based analytics to meet the demands of community expectations, whereas in the past online single-program tools such as BLAST and Primer3 (to name a few) were sufficient. The ability to move data between the communicty database and the high performance computing cluster is critical for meeting performance expections.
The Tripal Gatway Project attempts to meet these needs through the addition of RESTful web services to Tripal, second, integration of Tripal with Galaxy such that Tripal sites can provide analytical workflows to their users, and third development and exploration of methods to improve data transfer between Tripal sites and computing centers where Galaxy jobs are executed.