Bioinformatics Core Facilities
Fran Lewitter

Monday, July 23, 12: 15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall N/O

Description: Running a bioinformatics core facility poses a number of challenges including funding of the facility, teaching bioinformatics courses, supporting software, balancing the collaboration requests, and more. We will meet during ISMB in order to exchange ideas about these issues. This will be our sixth annual meeting. To join our mailing group register at


Genomic Standards Consortium
Tatiana Tatusov

Monday, July 23, 12: 15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall L

Description: The aim of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) is to support the community-based development of a genomic standard that captures a richer set of information about complete genomes and metagenomic datasets. An introduction to the GSC will be given, together with an open discussion concerning topics of relevance to the GSC. For further information, please visit:


AFP / Biosapiens Publication BOF
Iddo Friedberg

Monday, July 23, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall M

Description: Discuss the publication of selected papers from the AFP / Biosapiens SIG The agenda includes: * Interest * Publication venue * Publication funding * Selecting an editor in chief * Selecting a Program committee


Data and Software Sharing
Barb Bryant

Tuesday, July 24, 12:15p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall E1

Description: This session will explore options for Data and Software Sharing and is open to all to provide feedback to ISCB.


Pathway Information Systems
Conveners: Chris Sander & Ken Fukuda

Tuesday, July 24, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall F2

Description: Discuss the collaborative opportunities in the area of comprehensive pathway information systems. Includes future challenges for Pathway Commons as a sharing mechanism, bioPAX as ontology and exchange format, as well as the CashewPrize pilot for author submission of pathway information linked to publications.


Bioinformatics Curriculum Collaboration
Sean Mooney

Tuesday, July 24, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall N/O

Description: Bioinformatics Curriculum Collaboration: Come help organize the collaborative development of bioinformatics educational/curriculum materials. At this session we will discuss progress since the PSB meeting, we will discuss the upcoming CSB session, and our efforts to collect, distribute and create open access curriculum materials.


SBML: Level 3 and Beyond
Bruce Shapiro

Tuesday, July 24, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall L

Description: Level 2, Version 3 of the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) has just been finalized. SBML is a computer-readable format for representing models of biochemical reaction networks. SBML is applicable to metabolic networks, cell-signaling pathways, regulatory networks, and many others. The purpose of this BOF is an open discussion of relevant issues for inclusion in future versions of SBML.


Web Services (SOAP, REST) in bioinformatics
Alberto labarga

Tuesday, July 24, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room: Hall M

Description: Discuss experiences with latest web services technologies and specifications in bioinformatics


Open (Notebook) Science
Heather Piwowar

Wednesday, July 25, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Room: Hall N/O

Description: Open (Notebook) Science – the practice of freely and openly sharing the process, data, tools, and results of our research — is gaining momentum. For a nice overview, see BOF for people doing, considering, or curious about Open Science.