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The 9th annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2008) will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as one of several Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings occurring in conjunction with the 16th annual Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology Conference (ISMB 2008).
- 1 Keynote Speaker
- 2 Overview
- 3 Important Dates
- 4 Schedule
- 4.1 Important Information for Presenters
- 4.2 Call for Lightning Talks/Demos/Birds of a Feather Sessions
- 4.3 Main Session Topics
- 4.4 Notes on Submissions
- 5 Registration
- 6 Contact
- 7 Sponsors
This year our Keynote speaker will be Julian Lombardi, Senior Research Scholar with Duke University. The title of his presentation will be:
Croquet: An Open Collaboration Architecture for Scientific Visualization and Simulation
The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) is sponsored by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (O|B|F), a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source software development within the biological research community. Many Open Source bioinformatics packages are widely used by the research community across many application areas and form a cornerstone in enabling research in the genomic and post-genomic era. Open source bioinformatics software has facilitated rapid innovation and dissemination of new computational methods as well as informatics infrastructure. Since the work of the Open Source Bioinformatics Community represents some of the most cutting edge of Bioinformatics in general, the overall theme for the conference this year is "Tackling Hard Problems with Emerging Technologies". Topics under this umbrella include cyberinfrastructure, grid computing and workflow management and discovery, and visualization. We will also have a series of update talks about the main Open Source Bioinformatics Software suites.
March 10: Call for speakers and abstracts is open.
May 11: Abstract submission deadline. All abstracts must be submitted through our Open Conference Systems site.
June 2: Notification of accepted talks.
June 4: Early registration discount cut-off.
July 18-19: BOSC 2008!
Abstract submissions for full presentations were closed as of May 11, 2008, and the current schedule has been posted.
You may also download the entire BOSC program with the schedule and all abstracts as a PDF file (1971KB).
Important Information for Presenters
- Presenters are encouraged to bring their own laptops for their presentations.
- If a presentor does not bring a laptop, he/she will be able to borrow one from one of the organizers. In this case, please contact the organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm arrangements.
- A high speed internet connection will be available.
- In the spirit of open source and open access, the organizing committee would like to post your slides after your presentation at BOSC.
Call for Lightning Talks/Demos/Birds of a Feather Sessions
Lightning Talks and Software Demonstrations
If you are interested in giving a Lightning Talk or Software Demonstration at BOSC 2008, please e-mail us at email@example.com:
- a brief title and summary (one or two lines)
- a URL for the project page, if applicable
- the specific open source license used for your software or your release plans (NOTE: the Open Source License Requirement also applies to Lightning talks).
We will accept entries on-line until BOSC starts, but space for demos and lightning talks is limited.
Birds of a Feather Sessions
One of the more popular activities at BOSC are the Birds-of-a-Feather sub-meetings that people organize at the end of each days session. These are free-form meetings organized by the attendees themselves. Traditionally, some BOF's have been formed to allow developers and users of individual OBF software to meet each other face-to-face to discuss the project, but other meetings have been formed to discuss completely new ideas. These meetings offer a unique opportunity for individuals to explore more about the activities of the various Open Source Projects, and, in some cases, even take an active role influencing the future of Open Source Software development. If you would like to create a BOF, just sign up for a wiki account, login, and edit the BOSC_2008/Birds-of-a-Feather page.
Main Session Topics
1. Cyberinfrastructure - We are interested in presentations on topics dealing with the development of infrastructure on the web to facilitate software and data re-use (mashups, or traditional), interoperability and inter-process communication, system/service discovery, and data movement and modeling in distributed systems. This may include peer-to-peer systems of data transfer, Web Services, various flavors of data representation (SOAP, JSON, XML, others), and technologies commonly referred to under the Web 2.0 paradigm (e.g. folksonomies/tagging, user-based content generation, content feeds, and Social Networking).
2. Grid Computing and Workflow Management and Discovery - We particularly invite talks that report progress in making workflow systems easier to use and on how to do distributed-collaborative research , e.g. workflows that encompass the coordination of systems running in different parts of the world.
3. Visualization - Visualization is a maturing area of open source software development. We particularly invite talks that demonstrate innovative visualization systems, especially those which work in the context of workflows.
4. Open Source Software - Speakers are invited to present talks on the use, development, or philosophy of open source software in bioinformatics.
5. Bio* Open Source Project Updates - We invite abstracts from the representatives of the open source projects sponsored by or affiliated to the O|B|F (see Projects).
Notes on Submissions
Open Source License Requirement
The Open Bioinformatics Foundation, which is the sole sponsor of BOSC, is dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source Software Development within the Biological Research Community. For this reason, in order to be considered for acceptance, any talk submitted to be presented at BOSC which concerns a specific software system to be used by the research community must be licensed with a recognized Open Source License, and be available for download by anyone using ftp, cvs/subversion, or as a tar/zip file from the Project Website.
See the following websites for further details:
How Do I Submit?
The deadline for abstract submissions for full presentations was May 11, 2008. Abstract submissions were not accepted via e-mail this year. All abstracts were submitted through our Open Conference Systems site.
Accepted talks will be 10-20 minutes, depending on the session. You will be notified of the length of your talk upon abstract acceptance.
Please see the ISMB registration site for details. Online registration opened March 6, 2008.
Chair of the conference and of the organizing committee is Kam Dahlquist. Aside from Dr. Dahlquist, the 2008 BOSC Organizing Committee consists of Chris Dagdigian, Hilmar Lapp, Darin London, and Jason Stajich. For more information about the conference or the call for abstracts, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Abstract submissions will not be accepted via e-mail this year. All abstracts must be submitted through our Open Conference Systems site which will open Monday, March 10, 2008.
The keynote speaker and student travel fellowships to BOSC 2008 were made possible by Helicos Biosciences Corporation and an anonymous donor. Thank you.