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Practical Tools For Innovation
O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference
January 28-31, 2002 -- Tucson, AZ
Chambered Nautilus

Community Meetings

The bioinformatics community can benefit greatly from your participation. Please join these community meetings during the week of the conference. Some community meetings are free and open to the public.

Gene Ontology Meeting | Meeting
Open Bioinformatics Foundation |Bio Hackathon
University of Arizona

Gene Ontology™ Meeting

The Gene Ontology Consortium, with support from O'Reilly & Associates, will meet February 1 - 3 at the La Paloma Resort, at the end of the Bioinformatics Technology Conference. The GO Users Meeting, which is open to the public, will meet Friday, February 1. The Collaborators meeting, which is open to consortium members only, is February 2 and 3.

The goal of the Gene Ontology Consortium, a collaboration between model organism databases, not for profit and commercial research groups, is to produce a dynamic structured vocabulary that can be applied to all eukaryotes even as knowledge of gene and protein roles in cells is accumulating and evolving.

The Gene Ontology Users meeting will provide an informal means of:

  • Learning about the ontologies and software tools available to assist in the use of GO
  • Meeting other developers and users of GO, and discussing how they use the ontology
  • Presentations of work using GO
  • Participating in breakout groups to discuss issues regarding the content of the ontologies, methods to annotate genes using the ontologies, and how to access the open source files available from the GO Consortium.

The meeting will provide demonstrations and discussions of current annotation efforts of consortium members and future development plans by users of GO.

Please register for the GO Users Meeting on the web:

For more information please see the GO web site.

The following is a list of GO participating projects and organizations:

FlyBase, Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD), Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI), The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), WormBase, InterPro, DictyBase, PomBase, Compugen Ltd., The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), Incyte Genomics Inc. and AstraZeneca PLC. Track and Meeting is pleased to hold its annual, one-day event at the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference. The program is open to all registered attendees and includes an introduction to, panel discussions, project presentations, and evening "birds of a feather" meetings - track.

In addition to a press conference and presence in the exhibit hall, will proudly present its first-ever Benjamin Franklin Award to the individual who has promoted freedom and openness in bioinformatics. is a non-profit organization that promotes freedom and openness in bioinformatics by providing free and open development resources. The community has more than 1,200 members and almost four-dozen resources and projects for research, development and information.

Open Bioinformatics Foundation

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) is an umbrella group for the various bio*.org projects that grew out of the original BioPerl project. The goal of the foundation is to provide financial, administrative and technical assistance for our various open source life science projects.

The OBF will be very active at the conference with a booth in the exhibit hall and hosting informal Bird Of a Feather ("BOF") sessions for Bioperl developers, new Bioperl users, and Biopython users & developers. Check the BOF page for more details.

In addition, OBF President Ewan Birney will deliver the opening keynote address on Tuesday, January 29. The OBF is also working with O'Reilly & Associates and Egenetics to host the 'hackathon' scheduled in the days before the conference.

For more information on the OBF see their website.

Bio Hackathon

Electric Genetics: discovery through diversity.For the first time, open source bioinformatics developers will meet face-to-face in an international "hackathon"--a hands-on programming event held in coordination with the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference January 28 - 31 in Tucson, Arizona.

The hackathon, co-produced by South Africa-based Electric Genetics, will take place in two parts, over a period of approximately eight weeks, in both Tucson and Cape Town, South Africa. The focus of the gathering is to foster collaboration between various open source bioinformatics communities, including the bioperl, biopython, and biojava teams.

The hackathon is a first for bioinformatics, where the development of most open source software tools have been by individuals communicating with one another online instead of in person. The participants will be a select group of 15-20 top open source developers led by Dr. Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute. They'll focus on the interoperability between the open source language (or infrastructure) projects and annotation databases. The results of the hackathon will be free and available to all.

Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring the hackathon should contact

University of Arizona

University of ArizonaHelping to coordinate hackathon hardware needs and logistics is the University of Arizona. Located in the heart of Tucson, The University of Arizona, a land grant institution, is one of the top ranked research universities in the nation. The University is dedicated to preparing students for an increasingly diverse and technological world, and to improving the quality of life for the people of Arizona and the nation. Biotechnology and Biomedical Science are among the highest priority initiatives for the University of Arizona. Home | Conferences Home | Bioinformatics Conference Home
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