BOSC 2021, the 22nd Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference

Nomi L. Harris, Peter J.A. Cock, Christopher J. Fields, Karsten Hokamp, Jessica Maia, Monica Munoz-Torres, Malvika Sharan, Jason Williams

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The 22nd annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2021, was held online as a track of the 2021 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology / European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB/ECCB) conference. Launched in 2000 and held every year since, BOSC is the premier meeting covering topics related to open source software and open science in bioinformatics. In 2020, BOSC partnered with the Galaxy Community Conference to form the Bioinformatics Community Conference (BCC2020); that was the first BOSC to be held online. This year, BOSC returned to its roots as part of ISMB/ECCB 2021. As in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to hold the conference in person, so ISMB/ECCB 2021 took place as an online meeting attended by over 2000 people from 79 countries. Nearly 200 people participated in BOSC sessions, which included 27 talks reviewed and selected from submitted abstracts, and three invited keynote talks representing a range of global perspectives on the role of open science and open source in driving research and inclusivity in the biosciences, one of which was presented in French with English subtitles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1054
StatePublished - 2021


  • Bioinformatics
  • Online conference
  • Open science
  • Open source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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