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Open Bioinformatics
Foundation:
2014 Update & Some Introspection
Hilmar Lapp, President
BOSC 2014
What is the OBF?
• Umbrella organization for the Bio*
projects (and EMBOSS)
• Non-profit, entirely volunteer-run
• Dedicate...
What does OBF do?
• Sponsor and run BOSC and other community-
nurturing initiatives
• Code Fests (and hackathons)
• Mentor...
Chris Fields
@cjfields
U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign
O|B|F is governed by a
Board of Directors
OBF is an SPI-associated
project
You can donate tax-
exempt to OBF
We use open and collaborative
processes
Growing Community:
Attaining and maintaining
OBF affiliation
What happened since
BOSC 2013?
Board of Directors
Elections
• Hilmar Lapp elected to a second term
as President.
• Nomi Harris elected as Director at-
la...
OBF is participating in the
Google Summer of Code
• Eric Talevich (Biopython) & Raoul
Bonnal (Bioruby) serve as admins
• 6...
Moving hosting to Open
Source Lab
• Commercial cloud hosting costs eat up
a major part of our income.
• OSL has expressed ...
Sustainability is hard,
including for
organizations and
communities
Sustaining professional
systems with volunteers is
a challenge
• OBF sysadmin work rests on the same
too few people with t...
OBF is a membership
organization. Or is it?
0
30
60
90
120
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Members
For perspe...
Can you help us
improve this?
What’s next?
• Improve our professionalism
• Increase what we do well. Divest of/
partner for everything else.
• Partner w...
Connect with us
• Web: http://www.open-bio.org/
• Twitter: @obf_news
• GitHub: http://github.com/obf/
• News blog: http://...
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Open Bioinformatics Foundation: 2014 Update & Some Introspection

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Annual update about the Open Bioinformatics Foundation, presented at the 2014 Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC). which was held July 11-12, 2014, in Boston, MA.

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Open Bioinformatics Foundation: 2014 Update & Some Introspection

  1. 1. Open Bioinformatics Foundation: 2014 Update & Some Introspection Hilmar Lapp, President BOSC 2014
  2. 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. 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. 4. Chris Fields @cjfields U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign O|B|F is governed by a Board of Directors
  5. 5. OBF is an SPI-associated project
  6. 6. You can donate tax- exempt to OBF
  7. 7. We use open and collaborative processes
  8. 8. Growing Community: Attaining and maintaining OBF affiliation
  9. 9. What happened since BOSC 2013?
  10. 10. Board of Directors Elections • Hilmar Lapp elected to a second term as President. • Nomi Harris elected as Director at- large, second term on the Board • Peter Cock elected as Secretary, second term on the Board
  11. 11. OBF is participating in the Google Summer of Code • Eric Talevich (Biopython) & Raoul Bonnal (Bioruby) serve as admins • 6 Students working in Biopython, Bioruby, Biohaskell, JSBML • Promoting reciprocal inclusivity for umbrella organizations such as OBF
  12. 12. Moving hosting to Open Source Lab • Commercial cloud hosting costs eat up a major part of our income. • OSL has expressed interest in taking us on. • Gathering the necessary information has been slow and painful. • Hoping to get this completed in 2014.
  13. 13. Sustainability is hard, including for organizations and communities
  14. 14. Sustaining professional systems with volunteers is a challenge • OBF sysadmin work rests on the same too few people with too little time. • Hard to be professional with volunteer work. • Other all-volunteer tech foundations have similar problems.
  15. 15. OBF is a membership organization. Or is it? 0 30 60 90 120 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Members For perspective: •Biopython: 816 (346 on dev) •Bioperl-l: 978
  16. 16. Can you help us improve this?
  17. 17. What’s next? • Improve our professionalism • Increase what we do well. Divest of/ partner for everything else. • Partner with organizations well aligned with our mission and goals • Identify the best ways to invest in our community
  18. 18. 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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