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OBF Address at BOSC 2013

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O|B|F update and future plans at BOSC 2013.

O|B|F update and future plans at BOSC 2013.

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  • 1. Open Bioinformatics Foundation: A Community For, By, and Of You Hilmar Lapp, President BOSC 2013
  • 2. What is the OBF? • Umbrella organization for the Bio* projects (and EMBOSS) • Non-profit, entirely volunteer-run • Dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source software development and Open Science within the life sciences.
  • 3. What does OBF do? • Sponsor and run BOSC and other community- nurturing initiatives • Code Fests (and hackathons) • Mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code • Advocacy to promote Open Source and Open Science in bioinformatics • Accepting and disbursing donations on behalf of member projects • Managing assets on behalf of our member projects.
  • 4. OBF has members, and needs more 0 27.5 55 82.5 110 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Members Comparison benchmarks: •Open-bio-l: 111 •Biopython: 787 (331 on dev) •Bioperl-l: 1033
  • 5. Can you help us improve this?
  • 6. Chris Fields @cjfields U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign O|B|F is governed by a Board of Directors
  • 7. Creating an organization that people aspire to serve • Mission and services that matter • Processes that work • Minimal administrative overhead • Ability to accept tax-exempt donations • Support for community initiatives
  • 8. OBF is an SPI-associated project since Oct 2012
  • 9. SPI Services • Accepting donations and holding funds • Holding substantial and intangible assets • Signing contracts, including underwriting conference events • Legal assistance (access to legal counsel) • Technical services (e.g., nameservers)
  • 10. You can donate tax- exempt to OBF
  • 11. Including in Europe
  • 12. Collaborative and transparent policy development
  • 13. Growing Community: Attaining and maintaining OBF affiliation
  • 14. What’s next? • Improve engagement and recruitment of volunteers • Partner with organizations well aligned with our mission and goals • Determine funding programs to best support our community
  • 15. Connect with us • Web: http://www.open-bio.org/ • Twitter: @obf_news • GitHub: http://github.com/obf/ • News blog: http://news.open-bio.org/ • Join us as a member.

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