October 29, 2001
First O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference to Reveal "Practical Tools for Innovation"
"I'm convinced that if I were making an investment or a career decision today, it would be to go into bioinformatics and other areas of applied science."--Tim O'Reilly
Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly & Associates announced today that registration
is now open for the first O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference, to be held January 28-31, 2002 at the La Paloma Resort in Tucson, AZ.
The O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference brings together
bioinformatics pioneers--programmers, researchers, and scientists--to
discuss the milestones, bring clarity to the issues, and chart the
future of this exploding field. Participants include: Ewan Birney,
Damian Conway, Terry Gaasterland, Georges Grinstein, Gene Myers,
Annalee Newitz, James Ostell, Lincoln D. Stein, and Nathan Torkington.
See a complete list of speakers here.
More Than Just Sessions
The exchange of ideas and useful information is the hallmark of
O'Reilly conferences, and the O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology
Conference is no exception. Forums for exploring more deeply this
collision of science and technology (and having a little fun) include:
Hackathon"--Continuing the conference firsts, open source
bioinformatics developers will meet face-to-face in a hands-on
programming event, co-produced by South Africa-based Electric Genetics.
The focus of the gathering is to foster collaboration between various
open source bioinformatics communities, including the bioperl,
biopython, and biojava teams.
Meetings--Three very special events are planned to maximize
the Conference's knowledge-sharing opportunity.
The Gene Ontology Consortium, a collaboration between model
organism databases, not-for-profit and commercial research groups, will offer
demonstrations and discussions of current annotation efforts of
consortium members and future development plans by users of gene
Bioinformatics.org will hold its annual meeting and organize a
specialized Conference track, culminating in the presentation of its
first-ever Benjamin Franklin Award to the individual who has promoted
freedom and openness in bioinformatics.
Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF), an umbrella group for the
various bio*.org projects, will host informal Birds Of a Feather (BOF)
Find more details on the Community Meetings here.
Quiz Show--Players show off their knowledge
of the arcane, mundane, and inane, hosted by our zany but brainy Nathan
Bone Up On Bioinformatics:
Bioinformatics Weblogs from Lorrie LeJeune, Nathan Torkington, Rael
Dornfest, Tim O'Reilly, and others.
Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics by James Tisdall.
This book shows biologists with little or no programming experience how
to use Perl, a language ideally suited for biological data analysis.
Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills by Cynthia Gibas and Per Jambeck
This recent book will help biologists, researchers, and students
develop a structured approach to biological data and the computer tools
they'll need to analyze it.
To order review copies of our books, contact Kathryn Barrett at (707)
827-7094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference
Early Bird Registration through December 7, 2001
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