Bioinformatics Open Source Conference

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Bioinformatics Open Source Conference
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Location(s)Portland, United States (2018)
Years active18
Previous eventBOSC 2018
Next eventBOSC 2019
Organised byPeter Cock, Nomi L. Harris (2016 chairs)[2]
MemberOpen Bioinformatics Foundation

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) is an academic conference on open-source programming in bioinformatics organised by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation. The conference has been held annually since 2000 and is run as a two-day satellite meeting preceding the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference.


The conference is held as a single track consisting of presentations, poster sessions and two keynote talks by people of influence in open-source bioinformatics.[1]

Since 2010, an informal two-day Codefest has been held directly preceding the conference.[3][4]


NIH Associate Director for Data Science Philip Bourne and C. Titus Brown gave keynote talks at BOSC 2014.[5]

BOSC 2016 was organized in Orlando, Florida from July 8–9 before the main ISMB conference.[6]


  1. ^ a b Harris, N. L.; Cock, P.; Chapman, B.; Goecks, J.; Hotz, H.-R.; Lapp, H. (July 14, 2014). "The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) 2013". Bioinformatics. 31 (2): 299–300. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu413. PMC 4287938. PMID 25024288.
  2. ^ "BOSC 2015 – Open Bioinformatics Foundation". Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Codefest - Open Bioinformatics Foundation". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  4. ^ Möller, Steffen; Afgan, Enis; Banck, Michael; Cock, Peter J. A.; Kalas, Matus; Kajan, Laszlo; Prins, Pjotr; Quinn, Jacqueline; Sallou, Olivier; Strozzi, Francesco; Seemann, Torsten; Tille, Andreas; Valls Guimera, Roman; Katayama, Toshiaki; Chapman, Brad (October 14, 2013). "Sprints, Hackathons and Codefests as community gluons in computational biology". EMBnet.journal. 19 (B): 40. doi:10.14806/ej.19.B.726.
  5. ^ "BOSC 2014 Schedule - Open Bioinformatics Foundations". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "BOSC 2016 – Open Bioinformatics Foundation". Open Bio.