J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
Wed Oct 10 17:14:27 EDT 2001

                      INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


                      TUSCON, ARIZONA, USA

                      JANUARY 28-31, 2002                        

Bioinformatics.Org is a non-profit organization that promotes freedom and
openness in bioinformatics by providing resources to support software
development and information sharing in the bioinformatics community.
Currently, Bioinformatics.Org has almost 1,200 registered members and hosts
over 45 resources and projects on its web site.

Each year, the organization holds a meeting, often as an adjunct event to a
larger bioinformatics conference. In the past, this meeting has occurred as
part of the ISMB meeting, and we are proud to announce that in 2002 it will
occur during one day of the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference in
Tucson, Arizona. The meeting's program will include the following:

   * An introduction to the origins and goals of Bioinformatics.Org,
     and the resources the organization provides to members

   * Moderated panel discussions addressing topics of wide relevance
     to the bioinformatics community, such as the following:

        * Intellectual property rights in the context of biological
          information and scientific processes

        * The relationship of Free and Open Source software to
          intellectual property in the biotech arena

        * The movement to obtain unfettered electronic access to the
          scientific literature

        * The commercialization of academic research

   * An overview of the web-based project management software
     tools provided by Bioinfomatics.Org

   * Several oral and poster presentations on the research of
     Bioinformatics.Org members

   * Presentation of the first annual "Benjamin Franklin Award" for
     work promoting freedom and openness in bioinformatics

   * "Birds of a feather" (BoF) meetings and other social events will
     occur in the evening of the same day

The annual Trustees meeting will also occur during the O'Reilly
Bioinformatics Technology Conference. A press conference will also be held
to announce members of the Advisory Committee, Board of Trustees, and the
Systems Administrators, plus plans for the upcoming 2002 year.

If you are unable to join us during the one-day meeting, Bioinformatics.org
will have a presence in the exhibit hall during the whole O'Reilly
Conference. Please stop by and meet some of the Bioinformatics.org staff,
and become a member!


If you are involved in a project hosted at Bioinformatics.Org and would like
to present at the annual meeting, please contact us at

  bof at bioinformatics.org

(No deadlines have been set yet.)

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