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  1. (July 14, 2014) A version of this preprint has been published by the ISCB Society Pages.

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Competing Interests

The BOSC meetings are underwritten and run by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF), a non-profit organisation. The authors were all members of the BOSC 2013 organising committee and the OBF. Furthermore, Nomi Harris (BOSC Chair), Peter Cock, and Hilmar Lapp (OBF President) are all on the OBF Board of Directors.

Author Contributions

Nomi L Harris wrote the paper.

Peter J A Cock wrote the paper.

Brad A Chapman wrote the paper.

Jeremy Goecks wrote the paper.

Hans-Rudolf Hotz wrote the paper.

Hilmar Lapp wrote the paper.


BOSC is primarily funded through registration fees. Occasionally external sponsors, such as Eagle Genomics in 2012-2013, help support keynote speakers, student travel awards, and prizes. Any operational surplus is held in escrow by ISCB to offset future potential losses. OBF, the organization organizing and underwriting BOSC, is a nonprofit with assets held by Software In The Public Interest, Inc., a fiscal sponsorship organization. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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