CAMBRIDGE, 20th April 2010: Open Source software has flourished in the bioinformatics community for well over a decade. When the first BOSC (Bioinformatics Open Source Conference) was held in 2000, there were already a number of popular open source bioinformatics packages, and the number and range of these projects has increased dramatically since then.
One of the hallmarks of BOSC is the coming together of the open source developer community in one location to meet face-to-face. This creates synergy where participants can work together to create use cases, prototype working code, or run bootcamps for developers from other projects as short, informal, and hands-on tutorials in new software packages and emerging technologies. In short, BOSC is not just a conference for presentations of completed work, but is a dynamic meeting where collaborative work gets done and attendees can learn about new or ongoing developments that they can directly apply to their own work.
This year, BOSC has an exciting lineup of topics and speakers, including keynote speakers Matt Wood (the Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services) and Lawrence Hunter (director of the Computational Bioscience Program at the University of Colorado, and one of the founders of ISMB). "BOSC is one of my favourite bioinformatics conferences," said Matt Wood. "I'm planning to discuss the role cloud computing plays in increasing the impact of open source tools, and I look forward to engaging in a lively conversation with other BOSC attendees."
"I've been involved in BOSC organization since the first BOSC in 2000," said Co-Chair Nomi Harris, "and I think this year's is going to be one of the best yet! I'm particularly looking forward to the panel discussion about meeting the challenges of inter-institutional collaborations."
Thanks to generous support from Eagle Genomics and another sponsor, BOSC will offer three US$250 Student Travel Awards to the best student abstracts submitted by the April 18th deadline.
"Eagle Genomics are proud to support BOSC for the second year running. BOSC's evangelism of open-source bioinformatics fits perfectly with Eagle's ideology and complements our innovative partnerships built with key open-source projects in the bioinformatics domain," said Richard Holland, Operations and Delivery Director at Eagle Genomics. "It is important that the open-source community is supported and encouraged to keep on producing the invaluable free software and data resources that have become such a cornerstone of modern biological research."
About Eagle Genomics
Eagle Genomics is a bioinformatics services and software company specialising in genome content management and the provision of open-source solutions in and out of the cloud. Eagle's team of high calibre developers and researchers is drawn from both industry and academia with extensive experience in bioinformatics and software development. Based in Cambridge, UK, Eagle is situated at the heart of Europe's biggest biotech cluster.
The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC), a satellite of the ISMB (Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology) conference, is now in its twelfth year as the leading annual meeting for those who develop or use open source bioinformatics software. BOSC 2011 (http://www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2011) will take place July 15-16, 2011, in Vienna, Austria.