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 2021 Projects

  • Mihai Popescu
    Data streaming in scientific workflows, implementation for Toil
    Toil is an open-source Python workflow engine that lets people write data analysis pipelines in Python, CWL, and WDL. Toil has support for common...
  • Isaac Miti
    Design and implementation of Code is Science front-end using ReactJS
    The Code is science website is currently built using vanilla HTML, CSS and JavaScript with Ruby as part of its backend. The current frontend needs to...
  • Federica Trevisan
    Developing WellcomeML further for the visualisation of academic research data
    Synopsis WellcomeML is a python package containing a set of utility functions that use machine learning for reading, processing, embedding and...
  • Shrey Sachdeva
    Development of a user interface to visualise VEP data using neXtProt tools
    The goal of this project would be to develop a web based user interface to visualise the variant prediction data from VEP plugin using the neXtProt...
  • Dhanmoni Nath
    Enabling and prototyping JavaScript visualizations in the Qt-based viewer TOPPView (OpenMS).
    This project aims to enable JavaScript visualizations in TOPPView using Qt WebEngine and its different modules.
  • Tanishq Gupta
    gtfBase- A curated resource of multispecies genomic regions
    While GTF files are by themselves comprehensive, a lot of analysis is focused on individual features. For example, any analysis focused on...
  • Atharva Nimbalkar
    Implementation of NEON functions (SIMDe)
    The aim on this project is to implement NEON functions into SIMD which are not yet supported. Adding these implementations will allow the NEON SIMD...
  • Kunwar Maheep Singh
    Implementations of AVX-512 functions
    This project aims to add portable implementations for SIMD ISA extension AVX-512 functions which are not yet supported by SIMDe. This will make...