Science in the Open reminds readers that the deadline is approaching to submit a proposal for the Open Science Workshop to be held at the 2009 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. "At this stage we really only need an abstract or even an outline so we can organise the program," the post says. Proposal deadline is June 1, and you can check out the official submission rules here.

 

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