[DAS2] BOSC 2008 Announcement and Call For Submissions

Steve Chervitz Steve_Chervitz at affymetrix.com
Fri Mar 21 19:48:56 UTC 2008

[Sent on behalf of Darin London <darin.london at duke.edu>]

BOSC 2008 Call for Abstracts

The 9th annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2008) will take
place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as one of several Special Interest Group
(SIG) meetings occurring in conjunction with the 16th annual Intelligent
Systems for Molecular Biology Conference (ISMB 2008).

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) is sponsored by the Open
Bioinformatics Foundation (O|B|F), a non-profit group dedicated to promoting
the practice and philosophy of Open Source software development within the
biological research community. Many Open Source bioinformatics packages are
widely used by the research community across many application areas and form
a cornerstone in enabling research in the genomic and post-genomic era. Open
source bioinformatics software has facilitated rapid innovation and
dissemination of new computational methods as well as informatics
infrastructure. Since the work of the Open Source Bioinformatics Community
represents some of the most cutting edge of Bioinformatics in general, the
overall theme for the conference this year is "Tackling Hard Problems with
Emerging Technologies". Topics under this umbrella include
cyberinfrastructure, grid computing and workflow management and discovery,
and visualization. We will also have a s!
 eries of update talks about the main Open Source Bioinformatics Software

One of the hallmarks of BOSC is the coming together of the open source
developer community in one location. A face-to-face meeting of this
community creates synergy where participants can work together to create use
cases, prototype working code, or run bootcamps for developers from other
projects as short, informal, and hands-on tutorials in new software packages
and emerging technologies. In short, BOSC is not just a conference for
presentations of completed work, but is a dynamic meeting where
collaborative work gets done.

This year, BOSC is accepting abstract submissions on the conference theme
"Tackling Hard Problems with Emerging Technologies". The conference theme
reflects that there are new technologies emerging on both the scientific
front (new sequencing technologies, etc.) and the IT front (workflows,
mashup/web 2.0, improvements in all of the major programming languages,
etc.), which may allow the open source community to solve problems that were
previously intractable. Abstracts may be submitted for the following topics.

1. Cyberinfrastructure - We are interested in presentations on topics
dealing with the development of infrastructure on the web to facilitate
software and data re-use (mashups, or traditional), interoperability and
inter-process communication, system/service discovery, and data movement and
modeling in distributed systems. This may include peer-to-peer systems of
data transfer, Web Services, various flavors of data representation (SOAP,
JSON, XML, others), and technologies commonly referred to under the Web 2.0
paradigm (e.g. folksonomies/tagging, user-based content generation, content
feeds, and Social Networking).

2. Grid Computing and Workflow Management and Discovery - We particularly
invite talks that report progress in making workflow systems easier to use
and on how to do distributed-collaborative research , e.g. workflows that
encompass the coordination of systems running in different parts of the

3. Visualization - Visualization is a maturing area of open source software
development. We particularly invite talks that demonstrate innovative
visualization systems in the context of workflows.

4. Open Source Software - Speakers will present talks on the use,
development, or philosophy of open source software in bioinformatics.

5. Bio* Open Source Project Updates - We invite abstracts from the
representatives of the open source projects sponsored by or affiliated to
the O|B|F (see Projects).

Please consult the official BOSC 2008 website at
http://www.open-bio.org/wiki/Upcoming_BOSC_conference  for all updates and
extra information.

Submission Process:
All abstracts must be submitted through our Open Conference Systems site
The form will ask for a small Abstract Text to be pasted into it, and a full
paper.  The small Abstract text should be a summary, while the longer
abstract (should provide more details, including the open-source license
requirement details)
Full-length abstracts are limited to one page with one inch (2.5 cm) margins
on the top, sides, and bottom.  The full-length abstract should include the
title, authors, and affiliations.  We prefer your abstract to be in PDF
format, although plain t

Important Dates:
May 11: Abstract submission deadline.
June 2: Notification of accepted talks.
June 4: Early registration discount cut-off.
July 18-19: BOSC 2008!

We hope to see you at BOSC 2008!

Kam Dahlquist and Darin London
BOSC 2008 Co-organizers



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