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Open Bioinformatics Foundation Joins Non-Profit Software Body


The Open Bioinformatics Foundation is now a project in Software in the Public Interest — a not-for-profit organization that was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software.

This decision was based on a community vote called in response to an invitation from SPI. A total of 39 out of 105 OBF members participated in the vote with 38 answering in the affirmative.

This means that OBF will abandon its status as its own not-for-profit organization. As an SPI-associated project, it can now accept 501(c)3 tax-exempt donations in the US as well as access technical services provided by its new parent, among other benefits.

OBF was formed as a non-profit foundation in 2001 to serve as an umbrella organization for BioPerl, BioJava, Biopython, and other open source bioinformatics projects. The group also organizes the annual Open Source Bioinformatics Conference.

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