BOSC-2017 in the Land of stories

The story has many more sides and many more aspects that I did not capture at that time (didn't know I will write about it). If I have to explain BOSC community in 1 word, it would be "Welcoming". Being a first timer I did not for a second felt that I don't know people.


  1. Although a sunny and bright day, it was worth walking around my apartment to get to know the city better before we can get to actual work :). My Airbnb host was one of the kindest people I have ever met. She showed me around (even though she was not obliged to) and gave me company for almost the whole day.
  2. Andddd the tan begins now 馃檶馃徎馃檶馃徎 #itwashot #superexcited #prague馃嚚馃嚳 #czechrepublic #firstcitywalk #airbnb
    Andddd the tan begins now 馃檶馃徎馃檶馃徎 #itwashot #superexcited #prague馃嚚馃嚳 #czechrepublic #firstcitywalk #airbnb
  3. July 19th evening was neither hot nor cold. I walked from my apartment to this amazing vegan restaurant to meet Rabix team from SevenBridges and CWL team members (Thanks to Michael for organizing this).
  4. So it begins.. July 20th and 21st, more than 50 participants from all over the world gathered in the well-known non-profit Hacker-space in Prague called Brmlab for OBF codefest to work on all sorts of projects including MultiQC, Provenance in CWL, Galaxy-CWL, Singularity support in CWL, Biopython, SnakeMake and many more.
  5. Things were serious #codefest #prague #czechrepublic #waytogo #morework #fingerscrossed
    Things were serious #codefest #prague #czechrepublic #waytogo #morework #fingerscrossed
  6. After 2 days of relentless work with Stian Soiland-Reyes and others we were able to put together an initiative to work on later.
  7. July 22nd marked the beginning of 2 more productive and interesting days full of worth listening and following talks.
  8. SevenBridges presenting their super cool workflow editor and executor for Common Workflow Language (CWL) workflows.
  9. We organized a Birds of a feather session on July 22nd to discuss what should be captured in a Research Object when a CWL workflow is enacted. This session initiated interesting discussion about different levels and views of Provenance.
  10. Presenting ideas and getting feedback is always great 馃檶馃徎馃槆 #bosc2017 #BOFsession #ismb2017
    Presenting ideas and getting feedback is always great 馃檶馃徎馃槆 #bosc2017 #BOFsession #ismb2017
  11. On the same day I met amazing Prof. Carole Anne Goble whose research I was following for past couple of years. She was kind, sweet, welcoming and indeed an inspiration.
  12. Other interesting talks included the discussion about a variety of containers available for packaging of environment to facilitate reproducibility of an analysis.
  13. A "fun" tweet stream about why WDL is called "widdle" and not 'Double You Dee Al' :D
  14. End of day 2 key note speaker talking about virus outburst surveillance using the Oxford nanopore minION sequencing technology, using two examples, namely Ebola outburst in Africa in 2015 and the Zika virus in Brazil. "If you can't move the subjects and samples to the sequencer, bring the sequencer to the subject".