[Biojava-l] NESCent Seeks Hackathon Whitepapers

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at drycafe.net
Sat Feb 5 23:45:47 UTC 2011

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), in keeping with  
its objective to promote collaborative development of open-source,  
reusable, and standards-supporting informatics resources, sponsors  
highly collaborative, face-to-face software development events, called  
"hackathons" (see [1]). To ensure that this program continues to be  
responsive to user needs and to tap into the expertise and creativity  
of the evolutionary biology community, NESCent is soliciting short  
whitepapers (2-6 pages) [2] on potential target areas for future  

To further encourage submissions, we have now distilled specific  
guidelines for proposing hackathon events, based on the experiences  
gained from events we have sponsored in the past:

The Center's Call for Informatics Whitepapers [3] includes not only  
hackathons, but also a large spectrum of other initiatives to be  
undertaken by the Center, including training, software development,  
collaborative ontology development, and coordination of data  
standards. Whitepapers are accepted at any time and reviewed on an on- 
going basis.

[1] Collaborative cyberinfrastructure events and programs organized by  

[2] NESCent Call for Informatics Whitepapers

[3] Hackathon Whitepaper Guidelines:

[4] Past NESCent-sponsored hackathons:

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