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OBF Address at BOSC 2012


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Open Bioinformatics Foundation (O|B|F) address at BOSC 2012.

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OBF Address at BOSC 2012

  1. 1. Open Bioinformatics Foundation Hilmar Lapp, President
  2. 2. What is the O|B|F?• Founded in 2001, incorporated as a not-for-profit company in Delaware• Umbrella organization for the Bio* projects (and EMBOSS)• Entirely volunteer-run• Owner of our community’s assets
  3. 3. What do we do?• Provide collaborative code development infrastructure• Sponsor and run BOSC and other cross- project initiatives • Code Fests (and hackathons) • Mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code• Advocacy and evangelism
  4. 4. O|B|F is governed by a Board of Directors
  5. 5. O|B|F Board Alumni• Steven Brenner (UC Berkeley)• Ewan Birney (Assoc. Director, EBI)• Andrew Dalke (Dalke Scientific)• Kam Dahlquist (Loyola Marymount)
  6. 6. O|B|F has members, and needs more Members100755025 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
  7. 7. Creating an organizationthat people aspire to serve• Mission and services that are relevant and matter to our community• Working processes among the leadership• Minimal administrative overhead for having a functional organization• Non-profit status to accept tax-exempt donations
  8. 8. Redefining O|B|F affiliation• Capitalize on O|B|F-affiliation as a brand• What does it mean to be an O|B|F- affiliated project? • Size and activeness of community? • Maturity? • Long-term perspective?• What is the process for becoming one?
  9. 9. Enabling effective flow of money• Acting on opportunities to provision useful service often costs money.• Without an income stream, any proposals to spend meet trepidation.• Raising money cuts across projects, and depends on tax-exempt status.• However, becoming and maintaining tax- exempt status causes substantial overhead.
  10. 10. Fiscal Sponsorship
  11. 11. FAQs• Will we keep our organization, membership and processes? Yes.• Who will be project liaison? The O|B|F President.• What does that mean for O|B|F-run events? SPI services open up new options, including for BOSC.
  12. 12. Join the BOSC Dinner tonight• George’s Greek Cafe, at 7pm• Pay your own - cash preferred, but credit card will work too• Buffet style
  13. 13. Connect with us• Web:• Twitter: @obf_news• GitHub:• News blog:• Join us as a member.