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Ruth Nanjala: My experience attending and participating at the ICHG 2023 conference hosted in the Mother City
- An OBF Event Fellowship enabled Ruth Nanjala to attend the International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) 2023 conference in Africa.
Hannah Wei webinar video now available
- On March 14, 2023, we held a webinar (hosted by ISCBacademy) about “Re-Thinking the Patient’s Role in a Learning Health […...
- If you submit your abstract to BOSC by March 31, we will let you know by April 6 whether it has been accepted or not for (at least) a poster. (The...
ISCBacademy webinar on Patient-Led Research
- Hannah Wei, co-founder and technologist at the Patient-Led Research Collaborative, will speak at a webinar on March 14 at 15:00 UTC on "Re-Thi...
Call for applications for the first round of OBF Event Fellowship 2023 & overview of the second 2022 round
- The call for applications for the OBF Event Fellowship 2023, round 1, is now open. The deadline for this round […]
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:
- Running and supporting the BOSC conferences.
- Organizing and supporting developer-centric "Hackathon" events.
- Participating in the Google Summer of Code program on behalf of our member projects as an umbrella mentoring organization.
- Running the OBF Travel Fellowship program (launched March 2016).
- Managing servers, colocation facilities, bank account, domain names, and other assets for the benefit of our member projects.
- Public opinion and policy statements about matters related to Open Source and Open Science in bioinformatics.
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.
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.
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.