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SNP-SIG 2013: the state of the art of genomic variant interpretation

Yana Bromberg and Emidio Capriotti
Bioinformatics (2014) Advance Access doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu415

The success of SNP-SIG 2013 (Berlin, Germany), as confirmed by the number of participants and the interesting discussions, indicated the great interest of the community in the automatic annotation of genomic variants. SNP-SIG 2013 sessions focused on the annotation and prediction of structural/functional impacts of SNPs (morning session) and on the disease and evolution-related SNP perspectives (afternoon session).

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The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) 2013

Nomi L. Harris, Peter J. A. Cock, Brad A. Chapman, Jeremy Goecks, Hans-Rudolf Hotz, and Hilmar Lapp
Bioinformatics (2014) Advance Access doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu413

In July 2013, more than 100 bioinformatics researchers, developers and users of Open Source Software gathered in Berlin, Germany, to attend the 14th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC, http://www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2013, Harris et al., 2013). Since its inception in 2000, BOSC has provided bioinformatics developers with a forum for communicating the results of their latest efforts to the wider research community, and a focused environment for developers and users to interact and share ideas about standards, software development practices and practical techniques for solving bioinformatics problems. BOSC includes a 2 day ‘CodeFest’ preceding the formal conference, which provides a venue for developers to meet in person to work on or plan joint projects (Möller et al., 2013).

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Summary of the BioLINK SIG 2013 meeting at ISMB/ECCB 2013

Karin Verspoor, Hagit Shatkay, Lynette Hirschman, Christian Blaschke, and Alfonso Valencia
Bioinformatics (2014) Advance Access doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu412

The ISMB Special Interest Group on Linking Literature, Information and Knowledge for Biology (BioLINK) organized a one-day workshop at ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The theme of the workshop was ‘Roles for text mining in biomedical knowledge discovery and translational medicine’. This summary reviews the outcomes of the workshop. Meeting themes included concept annotation methods and applications, extraction of biological relationships and the use of text-mined data for biological data analysis.

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Beyond the proteome: Mass Spectrometry Special Interest Group (MS-SIG) at ISMB/ECCB 2013

MS-SIG 2013 Organizers, So Young Ryu, Samuel H. Payne, Christoph Schaab, and Wenzhong Xiao
Bioinformatics (2014) 30 (14): 2089-2090 doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu116

Mass spectrometry special interest group (MS-SIG) aims to bring together experts from the global research community to discuss highlights and challenges in the field of mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics and computational biology. The rapid technological developments in MS-based proteomics have enabled the generation of a large amount of meaningful information on hundreds to thousands of proteins simultaneously from a biological sample; however, the complexity of the MS data require sophisticated computational algorithms and software for data analysis and interpretation. This year’s MS-SIG meeting theme was ‘Beyond the Proteome’ with major focuses on improving protein identification/quantification and using proteomics data to solve interesting problems in systems biology and clinical research.

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The automated function prediction SIG looks back at 2013 and prepares for 2014

Mark N. Wass, Sean D. Mooney, Michal Linial, Predrag Radivojac, and Iddo Friedberg
Bioinformatics (2014) 30 (14): 2091-2092 doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu117

The mission of the Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG) is to coalesce the community of computational biologists, experimental biologists and biocurators who are addressing the challenge of protein function prediction, thereby sharing ideas and creating collaborations. The AFP-SIG holds annual meetings alongside the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, the leading conference of the International Society for Computational Biology. The AFP–SIG also runs the ongoing Critical Assessment of Functional Annotation (CAFA) challenge (Radivojac et al., 2013).

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ISCB: Past–Present Perspective for the International Society for Computational Biology

Burkhard Rost
Bioinformatics (2014) 30 (1): 143-145 doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btt669

Since its establishment in 1997, International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) has contributed importantly toward advancing the understanding of living systems through computation. The ISCB represents nearly 3000 members working in 470 countries. It has doubled the number of members since 2007. At the same time, the number of meetings organized by the ISCB has increased from two in 2007 to eight in 2013, and the society has cemented many lasting alliances with regional societies and specialist groups. ISCB is ready to grow into a challenging and promising future. The progress over the past 7 years has resulted from the vision, and possibly more importantly, the passion and hard working dedication of many individuals.

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ISCB/SPRINGER Series in Computational Biology

Andreas Dress, Michal Linial, Olga Troyanskaya, and Martin Vingron
Bioinformatics (2014) 30 (1): 146-147 doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btt670

Sponsored by ISCB, the Computational Biology series publish the latest high-quality research devoted to specific issues in computer-assisted analysis of biological data. The main emphasis is on current scientific developments and innovative techniques in computational biology (bioinformatics), bringing to light methods from mathematics, statistics and computer science that directly address biological problems currently under investigation.

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The International Society of Computational Biology presents: the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, May 16–18, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio

Jim Cavalcoli, Lonnie Welch, Bruce Aronow, Sorin Draghici, and Daisuke Kihara
Bioinformatics (2014) 30 (1): 148-149 first published online December 3, 2013 doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btt673

The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium (GLBC) is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), to be held May 16–18, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH. GLBIO 2014 will be hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati.

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International Society for Computational Biology Honors Goncalo Abecasis with Top Bioinformatics/Computational Biology Award for 2013

Christiana N. Fogg and Diane E. Kovats
Bioinformatics (2013) 29 (12): 1586-1587 Doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btt251

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB; http://www.iscb.org) honors a scientist each year for their outstanding achievements. The ISCB Overton Prize honors an early or mid-career scientist who has already made significant and enduring contributions to the field of computational biology. Dr Goncalo Abecasis of the University of Michigan is the 2013 recipient of the Overton Prize.

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