Jenkins, a digital butler, is a web site platform that supports automation of processes. While originally developed to compile software, its flexibility allows for a wide variety of processes to be automated. In this Science Cafe I will show how I am using Jenkins in my daily scientific research, supporting some repetitive tasks I no longer have to do manually. For example, it compile a wide range of software tools, including BridgeDb, PathVisio plugins, R packages, the Chemistry Development Kit, and other libraries. It is important to note, that Jenkins will attempt to recompile these software libraries each time a change is made. In fact, it will email me, if it failed to compile. But besides building these tools, it also automatically runs test suites, that find regressions, caused by unexpected side effects (or by many other reasons).
Furthermore, Jenkins is not limited to software. Of course, automation needs something a computer can execute, but this need not be compiling and testing of source code alone. I will also show how I use Jenkins to daily create RDF versions of WikiPathways, and how I use this for automated curation of WikiPathways content. I will also show how we use Jenkins in the EU FP7 eNanoMapper project for ontology development.