BOSC 2018

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The Bosc Pear

BOSC 2018 will be June 25-30, 2018 at Reed College in Portland, Oregon as part of a bioinformatics community conference co-hosted with the Galaxy Community Conference.

Why is BOSC parterning with GCC in 2018?

BOSC has been a part of ISMB since its inception, and we greatly value our relationships with the ISCB management and the ISMB community. BOSC 2017, which was part of ISMB/ECCB 2017 in Prague, was an exciting and successful meeting.

Because of our continuing focus on broadening and deepening the BOSC community, we've been exploring ways to reach those in the bioinformatics community who aren’t already part of the audience attracted by ISMB. As part of that exploration, we have looked at other organizations and conferences that have been successful at establishing a strong and growing community of participants. One such conference is the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC).

After much discussion and planning, we'll be participating in a bioinformatics community conference in 2018 that includes both GCC and BOSC. We hope this will help serve the open bioinformatics community in a few ways:

  • It creates a conference with an explicit focus on development, support and maintenance of the interoperable software tools and libraries that enable modern scientific research. We believe the only sustainable way to provide the infrastructure needed for high throughput analyses is to build cooperating, open, diverse communities of programmers and biologists. This conference is where we hope to build and deepen this community.
  • It includes two dedicated training days by members from both the Open Bioinformatics Foundation and Galaxy communities. This enables focused training on useful tools and approaches, making the conference attractive to anyone who wants to expand their skills.
  • There will be two integrated days of collaboration following the conference, merging BOSC Codefest and Galaxy's Developer and User Hackathon Days. We hope the integrated collaboration days following training and the conference talks will allow new and existing members of the community to attend and build working relationships.
  • The meeting will be held at a great venue in Portland--Reed College--providing an affordable and fun experience for anyone who wants to attend.

We would like to emphasize that this is an experiment for us and we aren’t looking to sever our strong ties with ISMB. We're planning to evaluate the combined GCC and BOSC experience in 2018 and welcome community feedback on all of these thoughts and plans.

Important Dates

  • March 16, 2018: Deadline for submitting abstracts for full talks
  • April 10, 2018: Authors notified
  • (Registration deadlines to be announced)
  • June 25-30, 2018: BOSC 2018, Reed College, Portland
  • June 29,30, July 1,2: Collaborative codeing

Session Topics

BOSC covers all aspects of bioinformatics and open science software, including (but not limited to):

  • Open Science and Reproducible Research
  • Open Biomedical Data
  • Citizen/Participatory Science
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Data Science
  • Workflows (note that talks about Open Source projects relating to
  • Visualization
  • Medical and Translational Bioinformatics
  • Developer Tools and Libraries
  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Progress Reports

Organizing Committee


  • Nomi L. Harris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)


Organizing Committee Members

Previous BOSCs

Contact Us

  • Follow BOSC on Twitter: @OBF_BOSC, #gccbosc
  • If you'd like to join the mailing list for BOSC-related announcements, including the call for abstracts and deadline reminders, please subscribe to bosc-announce. 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 obf-bosc@googlegroups.com.