The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has been held annually since 2000. In 2019, BOSC was part of ISMB/ECCB in Basel. See the full schedule of talks, posters and Birds of a Feather meetups.
BOSC is organized 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.
Since its inception in 2000, BOSC has provided a forum for developers and users to interact and share research results and ideas in open source bioinformatics. BOSC’s broad spectrum of topics includes practical techniques for solving bioinformatics problems; software development practices; standards and ontologies; approaches that promote open science and sharing of data, results and software; and ways to grow open source communities while promoting diversity within them.
BOSC is usually preceded or followed by what we now call CollaborationFest (CoFest for short), a two-day community development session. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in open science, biology and programming to meet, talk and work collaboratively. All are welcome to attend CoFest 2019 (whether or not you attend BOSC)!
More about BOSC…
- April 11, 2019: Full talk/poster abstract submission deadline
- May 9: Authors notified
- May 15: Late poster/late-breaking lightning talk submission deadline
- May 23: Late round authors notified
- June 20: Last day for ISMB/ECCB early registration prices
- July 21-25: ISMB/ECCB 2019, Basel, Switzerland
- July 24-25: BOSC 2019, Basel, Switzerland
- July 26-27: CollaborationFest 2019, Basel, Switzerland (location TBD)
BOSC covers all aspects of bioinformatics software and open science, including (but not limited to) these topics:
- Open Science and Reproducible Research
- Open Biomedical Data
- Citizen/Participatory Science
- Standards and Interoperability
- Data Science
- Open Approaches to Translational Bioinformatics
- Developer Tools and Libraries
- Inclusion, Outreach and Training
- Bioinformatics Open Source Project Reports (about new or existing projects)
BOSC 2019 will take place the last two full days of ISMB/ECCB 2019. You can register for the full ISMB/ECCB meeting (July 21-25) or just for the two days of BOSC (July 24-25).
When you register for ISMB, you will select a primary COSI (such as BOSC) but you will be able to move freely between all of the COSIs that take place as parallel tracks during the days for which you register.
Sponsorships from private companies and organizations help to defray some of our costs. Please see the Sponsors page for more information.
If you would like to be a sponsor of BOSC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
BOSC 2019 Sponsors
CoFest 2019 Sponsors
Chair: Nomi L. Harris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Co-Chair: Heather Wiencko (Hosted Graphite)
- Peter Cock (Biopython developer; James Hutton Institute)
- Christopher Fields (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)
- Bastian Greshake Tzovaras (Open Humans)
- Michael Heuer (UC Berkeley)
- Karsten Hokamp (Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
- Monica Munoz-Torres (Oregon State University)
- Yo Yehudi (University of Cambridge)
Kai Blin*, Christian Brueffer*, Brad Chapman, Anamaria Crisan, Arun Decano*, Gianluca Della Vedova*, Christopher Fields*, Konrad Förstner*, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras*, Nomi Harris*, Michael Heuer*, Karsten Hokamp*, Anisha Keshavan, Farah Z Khan, Radhika Khetani*, Aleix Lafita*, Jessica Maia, Hervé Ménager, Monica Munoz-Torres, Frank Nothaft, Kieran O’Neill, Konstantin Okonechnikov, Lorena Pantano*, Bastian Rieck, Surya Saha*, Malvika Sharan, Nicole Vasilevsky*, Heather Wiencko, Jason Williams, Yo Yehudi*
*: reviewed both rounds
BOSC has been held yearly since 2000. See information about the first 19 BOSC conferences.
BOSC 2018 was held June 26-27, 2018 (with training days June 24-25 and a CollaborationFest June 28-29) at Reed College in Portland, Oregon as part of the GCCBOSC 2018 bioinformatics community conference co-hosted with the Galaxy Community Conference. Check out the complete schedule, or visit the BOSC 2018 page for links to conference reports.
Code of Conduct
As part of ISMB/ECCB 2019, BOSC 2019 will be covered by ISMB’s Code of Conduct.