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<span style="font-size: larger"><center>'''Please Donate'''</center></span>
  
The Open Bioinformatics Foundation or O|B|F is a non profit, volunteer run organization focused on supporting [[wp:open source|open source]] programming in [[wp:bioinformatics|bioinformatics]].
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Through our fiscal sponsor, [http://spi-inc.org/donations Software in the Public Interest, Inc.], you can donate to the OBF, including [https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=66788# online by credit card]. Donations made through SPI are 501(c)3 tax-exempt in the US. (SPI also has a charitable partner organization in Europe.) Your contribution helps fund a growing community of people committed to developing reusable open-source software for advancing biological research.
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See also our [[News|news page]], and [http://twitter.com/obf_news twitter].
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== About Us ==
  
The foundation grew out of the volunteer projects Bioperl, BioJava and Biopython and was formally incorporated in order to handle our modest requirements of hardware ownership, domain name management and funding for conferences and workshops.The Foundation does not participate directly in the development or structure of the open source work, but as the members of the foundation are drawn from the member projects, there is clear commonality of direction and purpose. Occasionally the O|B|F directors may make announcements about our direction or purpose (a recent one was on the licensing of academic software) when the board feels there is a need to clarify matters, but in general we prefer to remain simply the administrative support organization for our member projects.
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The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) is a non-profit, volunteer-run group dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of [[wp:open source|Open Source]] software development and [[wp:Open science|Open Science]] within the biological research community.
  
 
Our main activities are:
 
Our main activities are:
  
* Underwriting and supporting the BOSC conferences
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* Running and supporting the [[BOSC]] conferences.
* Organizing and supporting developer-centric "hackathon" events
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* Organizing and supporting developer-centric "[[Hackathon]]" events.
* Managing our servers, colocation facilities, bank account & other assets
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* [[Google Summer of Code| Participating in the Google Summer of Code program]] on behalf of our [[Projects| member projects]] as an umbrella mentoring organization.
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* Running the [https://github.com/OBF/obf-docs/blob/master/Travel_fellowships.md OBF Travel Fellowship] program ([http://news.open-bio.org/2016/03/01/obf-travel-fellowship-program/ launched March 2016]).
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* Managing servers, colocation facilities, bank account, domain names, and other assets for the benefit of our [[Projects| member projects]].
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* Public opinion and policy statements about matters related to Open Source and Open Science in bioinformatics.
  
We are incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA as a not-for-profit company.
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The Foundation does not participate directly in the development or structure of the open source work, but as the members of the foundation are drawn from our projects' developer communities, there is clear commonality of direction and purpose.
  
==BOSC==
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The OBF is governed by a [[Board|Board of Directors]]. [[media:OBF-Bylaws.pdf|Our bylaws]] lay out how the Board is elected, holds public meetings, and conducts its business, as well as the scope and role of our [[membership]]. OBF is an associated project with [http://spi-inc.org/ Software In The Public Interest, Inc.], a fiscal sponsorship organization, and through SPI we can accept tax-exempt charitable donations.
Bioinformatics Open Source Conference or [[BOSC]] is held annually in conjunction with [http://www.iscb.org ISCB's] meeting ISMB.  We will be holding [[BOSC 2006]] at [[http://ismb2006.cbi.cnptia.embrapa.br/ ISMB 2006]] in [[wp:Fortaleza, Brazil|Fortaleza, Brazil]].
 
  
See some of the [[Past BOSC conferences]].
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'''The OBF is open to anyone who is interested in promoting open source bioinformatics / open science. Please see the [[Open_Bioinformatics_Foundation:Membership_application|Membership page]] for more information.'''
  
==Board of Directors==
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== History ==
The board can be contacted via email at [mailto:board@open-bio.org board@open-bio.org]
 
  
'''President'''
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OBF grew out of the volunteer projects [[BioPerl]], [[BioJava]] and [[Biopython]] and was formally incorporated in 2001 in order to handle modest requirements of hardware ownership, domain name management and funding for conferences and workshops. In 2005, we enacted [[:File:OBF-Bylaws.pdf| bylaws]] for the first time, and along with it created a formal membership.  
: [[bp:Jason Stajich|Jason Stajich]]
 
: [[bp:BioPerl|BioPerl]] core developer. Graduate Student at [http://www.duke.edu/ Duke University].
 
  
'''Treasurer'''
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In 2012, we decided to give up our own incorporation to associate ourselves with [http://spi-inc.org/ Software In The Public Interest, Inc.], a fiscal sponsorship organization that we felt aligned well with our own values and culture. The bylaws [https://github.com/OBF/obf-docs/pull/8 underwent a series of changes], in part to better reflect our current practices, and in part to pave the way for joining SPI. The changes [[Minutes:2012_Sep_ConfCall| were approved on Sep 11, 2012]], [http://vote.heliosvoting.org/helios/e/OBFjoiningSPI our membership overwhelmingly approved of associating with SPI], and as of October 12, 2012, OBF is a SPI-associated project.
: [[bp:Chris Dagdigian|Chris Dagdigian]]
 
: [[bp:BioPerl|BioPerl]] co-founder & O|B|F sysadmin. Employed by [http://www.bioteam.net the BioTeam].
 
  
'''Secretary'''
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== BOSC ==
: Andrew Dalke
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The [[BOSC|Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC)]] has been held annually in conjunction with [http://www.iscb.org ISCB's] meeting, ISMB, for the past 20 years. [[BOSC 2017]] took place in July 2017, right before [https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2017 ISMB 2017] in Prague, Czech Republic.
: Representing [http://www.biopython.org BioPython] & [http://www.dalkescientific.com Dalke Scientific]
 
  
'''Parlimentarian'''
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For 2018, we are trying something different and holding BOSC along with the Galaxy Community Conference in a new unified event ([https://gccbosc2018.sched.com/ GCC BOSC 2018]), which will take place in Portland, Oregon, June 25-30.  
: [[bp:Hilmar Lapp|Hilmar Lapp]]
 
: Representing [[bp:BioPerl|BioPerl]].  Employed by [http://www.gnf.org Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation].
 
  
'''At-large member'''
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We typically run an informal [[Codefest]] collaborative meeting before each BOSC.
: [[bp:Ewan Birney|Ewan Birney]], ''Past President''
 
: [[bp:BioPerl|BioPerl]] core developer.  Coordinator of the [http://www.ebi.ac.uk EBI] half of the [http://www.ensembl.org Ensembl] genome annotation project.
 
 
 
'''At-large member'''
 
: [[bp:Steven Brenner|Steven E. Brenner]]
 
: [http://compbio.berkeley.edu Associate Professor] at University of California, Berkeley.
 

Latest revision as of 14:52, 20 December 2017

Please Donate

Through our fiscal sponsor, Software in the Public Interest, Inc., you can donate to the OBF, including online by credit card. Donations made through SPI are 501(c)3 tax-exempt in the US. (SPI also has a charitable partner organization in Europe.) Your contribution helps fund a growing community of people committed to developing reusable open-source software for advancing biological research.

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See also our news page, and twitter.

About Us

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) is 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.

Our main activities are:

The Foundation does not participate directly in the development or structure of the open source work, but as the members of the foundation are drawn from our projects' developer communities, there is clear commonality of direction and purpose.

The OBF is governed by a Board of Directors. Our bylaws lay out how the Board is elected, holds public meetings, and conducts its business, as well as the scope and role of our membership. OBF is an associated project with Software In The Public Interest, Inc., a fiscal sponsorship organization, and through SPI we can accept tax-exempt charitable donations.

The OBF is open to anyone who is interested in promoting open source bioinformatics / open science. Please see the Membership page for more information.

History

OBF grew out of the volunteer projects BioPerl, BioJava and Biopython and was formally incorporated in 2001 in order to handle modest requirements of hardware ownership, domain name management and funding for conferences and workshops. In 2005, we enacted bylaws for the first time, and along with it created a formal membership.

In 2012, we decided to give up our own incorporation to associate ourselves with Software In The Public Interest, Inc., a fiscal sponsorship organization that we felt aligned well with our own values and culture. The bylaws underwent a series of changes, in part to better reflect our current practices, and in part to pave the way for joining SPI. The changes were approved on Sep 11, 2012, our membership overwhelmingly approved of associating with SPI, and as of October 12, 2012, OBF is a SPI-associated project.

BOSC

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has been held annually in conjunction with ISCB's meeting, ISMB, for the past 20 years. BOSC 2017 took place in July 2017, right before ISMB 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.

For 2018, we are trying something different and holding BOSC along with the Galaxy Community Conference in a new unified event (GCC BOSC 2018), which will take place in Portland, Oregon, June 25-30.

We typically run an informal Codefest collaborative meeting before each BOSC.