"BOSC'2004 - Brisbane, Australia"

The conference

The 5th annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC'2004) is organized by the not-for-profit Open Bioinformatics Foundation. The meeting will take place July 29-30, 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland and is one of several Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings occurring in conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology.

The focus of the meeting will be on current and emerging Open Source** informatics tools and toolkits. BOSC provides a forum for developers, project groups, users and interested parties to meet personally, exchange ideas and collaborate together.

In addition, Wolfgang Huber of the BioConductor Project will deliver the keynote speach. His talk is titled :

The Bioconductor Project: Open software development for computational biology and bioinformatics.


REGISTRATION & INFORMATION

For information concerning ISMB and all Special Interest Groups associated with it, and to register, please visit the ISMB website.


MEETING SCHEDULE & ABSTRACTS

After careful deliberation, eleven abstracts were selected from a very competitive group of submissions this year. In addition, because we recieved several strong submissions for this category, a special 'Annotation Database' presentation section was created this year featuring presentations on this subject.

Accepted Abstracts ***with links to presentation slides***
Annotation Database Abstracts ***with links to presentation slides***
BOSC Schedule ***with links to Presentation Slides***


Lightning-talk Speakers wanted!

The program committee is currently seeking speakers for the lightning talks at BOSC 2004. Lightning talks are quick - only five minutes long - and a great opportunity for you to give people a quick summary of your open source project, code, idea, or vision of the future.

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk at BOSC 2004, please email <bosc@open-bio.org> the following:

* a brief title and summary (one or two lines)
* a URL for the project page, if applicable
* information about the open source license used for your software or your release plans.

We will accept entries on-line until BOSC starts, but space for demos and lightning talks is limited.


Software Demonstrations wanted!

If you are involved in the development of Open Source Bioinformatics Software, you are invited to provide a short demonstration to attendees of BOSC 2004.

If you are interested in giving a software demonstration at BOSC 2004, please email <bosc@open-bio.org> the following:

* a brief title and summary (one or two lines)
* a URL for the project page, if applicable
* Internet connectivity requirements (e.g. website Application served on the world wide web, or web based client application).

We will accept entries on-line until the BOSC starts, but space for demos and lightning talks is limited.


** Because the mission of the OBF is to promote Open Source software, we will favor submissions for projects that apply a recognized Open Source License, or adhere to the general Open Source Philosophy.


Important Dates

* March 1 - Registration opens
* May 5 - BOSC Abstracts due
* May 26 - Notification of Abstract Acceptance
* May 28 - Early registration discount ends
* July 29 - Onsite registration begins
* July 29-30 - BOSC Meeting


fees

* Corporate : 165
* Academic : 120
* Student : 90
** a 17.5% Value Added Tax(VAT) will be added to all fees **

Note: We have tried to set our fees as low as possible without risking the chance that we will lose money on this event. We budget with the goal of breaking even on costs or realizing a small profit.

LINKS

* ISMB'04 website
* biopathways SIG
* text-mining sig
* Bio-ontologies sig
* WEB '04 SIG

Pictures

* BOSC'2003
* BOSC'2002
* BOSC'2001