Supporting OSS and Open Science in the biological research community.

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.
  • 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.

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Open Bioinformatics Foundation 2016 Projects

  • Anton Khodak
    Automated tool wrapper/converter for CWL
    The project is aimed to generate CWL tool descriptions from Python tools which use argparse.
  • thejmazz
    Bionode workflow engine for streamed data analysis
    The streams based workflow engine will organize tasks into streams, allow parallelization of this streams, and work locally as well as integrated...
  • christian_f
    GeneNetwork Genome Browser
    Modify GeneNetwork to embed the BioDalliance genome browser in it. BioDalliance (henceforth BD) would be integrated into GeneNetwork (henceforth GN)Íž...
  • MNave
    Improve the prediction for RiPP clusters
    Ribosomally synthesised and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) are a class of secondary metabolites that share a common biosynthetic...
  • mateusjabour
    We all know that nowadays a website needs a responsive layout, by the fact that there are a lot of different devices sizes, like smartphones, tablets...
  • gdyer
    openSNP: Extending Quantified-Self Support in openSNP
    Over 100,000 people have already been genotype through DTC genetic testing however, these data live in siloes, often inaccessible to the public....
  • Vivek Rai
    openSNP: Linking Phenotypes to SNPs in openSNP
    A crucial component of the openSNP infrastructure is to make the available data more accessible to the general users and scientists alike. Currently,...