Omics Codeathon General Application – April 2024

Omics Codeathon General Application – April 2024

The  African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology with support from the National Institutes of Health Office of Data Science Strategy is pleased to announce a virtual omics-focused codeathon on April 20-28, 2024 CAT.  Applications are due December 31, 2023 by midnight 11.59pm CAT.

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If I pitch a project, do I need to lead it?

You can choose to lead your project team, recommend someone, or we can try to find a suitable team lead. Providing a designated team lead dramatically increases the probability that we will select the project for the codeathon.

Do I need to assemble a team?

No. If you have interested people already, we can include them in your team. We will create working groups of four to seven individuals who have various backgrounds and relevant expertise to work on each project.

What are my responsibilities as a team lead?

The team lead will coordinate a group of 4-10 people in defining the project and producing a clear vision for developing a solution. To accomplish this goal, the team lead must define and delegate tasks, incorporate team members’ ideas to accomplish the goal, and ensure the team’s success. All participants in the codeathon, including team leads, will need to be present for all the days of the codeathon.

What will we build?

We will make all pipelines, other scripts, software, and programs generated in this codeathon available on a dedicated public GitHub repository.

Teams would submit manuscripts describing the design and use of the software tools they created to an appropriate journal such as the F1000Research hackathons channel, BMC Bioinformatics, Elsevier journals, PLOS One, BMC Genomic Data, PeerJ, Frontiers Journals, PLOS Computational Biology, Genome Biology, GigaScience, Scientific Reports, Genome Research, Genome Medicine, Nature Communications, Nucleic Acids Research.

Legal Information

Participants retain ownership of all intellectual property rights (including moral rights) to the code submitted to as well as developed in the codeathon. Employees of the U.S. Government attending as part of their official duties retain no copyright to their work and their work is in the public domain in the U.S. The Government disclaims any rights to the code submitted or developed in the codeathon. Participants agree to publish the code and any related data on GitHub.

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