Promoting practice & philosophy of OSS & Open Science in biological research.

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 2019 Projects

  • Pradyumna Bang
    Add blockchain and hyperledger support for the ‘Journal of Open Data Publications’
    Open science is a movement that promotes open access to research data, publications, and scientific collaboration. It promises to increase...
  • Njagi Mwaniki
    Add Variant Graph (VG) support to BioD
    The current representation of reference genomes is as a sequence of nucleotides akin to a long string. Intuitively, this doesn’t represent a genome...
  • Jeevan
    antiSmash submission redesign
    antiSmash run multiple instances of the submission page, depending on whether people want to analyse bacterial or fungal sequences, or run the...
  • Nick Rozinsky
    BAM to ADAM converter on Sambamba’s base
    This project is aimed to build an efficient BAM format to ADAM format converter utilizing Sambamba library base.
  • Nikhil Vats
    Interactive Yeoman generator for BioJS components
    BioJS is a library of over one hundred JavaScript components enabling users to visualise and process data using current web technologies. BioJS makes...