The Dockstore concept is simple, provide a place where users can share tools encapsulated in Docker and described with the Common Workflow Language (CWL), an emerging standard used by the GA4GH Cloud Work Stream. This enables scientists, for example, to share analytical tools in a way that makes them machine readable and runnable in a variety of environments. While the Dockstore is focused on serving researchers in the biosciences the combination of Docker + CWL can be used by anyone to describe the tools and services in their Docker images in a standardized, machine-readable way.

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