BOSC 2014

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The 15th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2014) was held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on July 11-12, right before ISMB 2014 as one of the official ISMB SIG satellite meetings. Feedback welcome via email or @OBF_BOSC on Twitter.

Complete Schedule (with links to slides and videos of the talks)


Storify Tweet archives for Day One, Day Two and during ISMB.

Brad Chapman's blog posts

BioInform article about Philip Bourne's keynote talk (posted with permission)

James Malone's blog post

Important Dates


The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) is run as a two-day meeting before the annual ISMB conference. It is sponsored by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF), a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source software development and Open Science within the biological research community.

Open Source software has flourished in the bioinformatics community for well over a decade. When the first BOSC was held in 2000, there were already many open source bioinformatics packages, and the number and range of these projects has increased dramatically since then. BOSC covers the wide range of open source bioinformatics software being developed, and encompasses the growing movement of Open Science, with its focus on transparency, reproducibility, and data provenance. We welcome submissions relating to all aspects of bioinformatics and open science software, including new computational methods, reusable software components, visualization, interoperability, and other approaches that help to advance research in the biomolecular sciences. Two full days of talks, posters, panel discussions, and informal discussion groups will enable BOSC attendees to interact with other developers and share ideas and code, as well as learning about some of the latest developments in the field of open source bioinformatics.

Please spread the word about BOSC--all are welcome. On Twitter, follow @OBF_BOSC and use hash tag #bosc2014.


Because BOSC is run as a two-day Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting at the annual ISMB conference, registration is via ISMB 2014. You can attend just BOSC, or combine this with attending the full ISMB conference as well.

Note that this year we have waived the BOSC registration fee for student presenters of full-length talks.

If you need a formal invitation letter for your USA VISA application, please contact the ISMB:


BOSC is organised by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation, a non-profit, volunteer-run group dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source software development and Open Science within the biological research community.

Eagle Genomics logo
Curoverse logo
Arvados logo

We thank Eagle Genomics for sponsoring the BOSC Student Travel Awards again this year, and welcome the open access journal GigaScience, and Curoverse (the team behind the open source platform Arvados) as new sponsors for BOSC 2014.

We are grateful to Google for their generous support for videorecording BOSC 2014.

Session Topics

  • Open Science and Reproducible Research -- covers the theory and practice of open science, including open notebook science, open data, transparent and reproducible workflows, and shared standards for reviewing and publishing research papers.
  • Software Interoperability -- includes Open Source approaches to integrating the latest bioinformatics tools, exploring how we can increase tool connectivity and help communities work better together.
  • Genome-scale Data and Beyond -- encompasses software and other tools designed for managing, exploring, and analyzing large-scale data to address research questions, such as genome assembly, variant prediction, eQTL analysis, phylogenomics, and epigenetics.
  • Visualization -- focuses on approaches for interactive as well as static visual representations of biomedical data, ranging from exploration to explanation.
  • Translational Bioinformatics -- explores applications of biological and medical informatics to the development of personalized healthcare, therapies, and a better understanding of human health and disease. Topics include the analysis of large scale population and family sequencing data, bioinformatics methodologies for clinical research, and tools for discovering clinically useful associations in human databases.
  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Updates -- features short talks from ongoing projects describing their recent progress. Abstracts will be solicited from open source projects affiliated with the OBF (see, including the Bio* projects, DAS, BioMOBY, EMBOSS, and GMOD, but any other open-source project will be equally eligible to submit abstracts for this session.
  • Panel: Reproducibility: Rewards and Challenges

Keynote Speakers

This year's keynote speakers will be Philip Bourne (NIH) and C. Titus Brown (Michigan State University).

More information about BOSC 2014 Keynote Speakers

Submitting Abstracts

The deadline for submitting abstracts to be considered for full talks was Friday, April 4, 2014. We still have a few spots reserved for last-minute posters--submit your abstract here.

Organizing Committee



Ex Officio (Members of the OBF Board)

Previous BOSCs

Contact Us

  • Follow BOSC on Twitter: @OBF_BOSC, #bosc2014
  • If you'd like to join the mailing list for BOSC-related announcements, including the call for abstracts and deadline reminders, please subscribe to the Bosc-announce list. This list has low traffic, and your address will be kept private.
  • If you have questions about the conference, or would like to volunteer to help out, please contact the organizers at