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July 11, 2002

Unlocking the door to the open source community can be done via the Internet. A wide variety of open source resources can be found on these organizations' Web sites: — is dedicated to helping scientists become more aware of open source software, what it is, and how it may help their scientific research, as well as what tools are available, and to encourage software developers to release their code in an open source model to produce better software. — The Open Bioinformatics Foundation is an umbrella group for the various projects that grew out of the original BioPerl project. The goal of the foundation is to provide financial, administrative, and technical assistance for open source life science projects. — Officially organized in 1995, The Bioperl Project is an international association of developers of open source Perl tools for bioinformatics, genomics, and life science research. — The BioJava Project is an open source project dedicated to providing Java tools for processing biological data. This will include objects for manipulating sequences, file parsers, CORBA interoperability, access to ACeDB, dynamic programming, and simple statistical routines. — The Biopython Project is an international association of developers of freely available Python tools for computational molecular biology. provides an online resource for modules, scripts, and Web links for developers of Python-based software for life science research. — The BioCORBA Project provides an object-oriented, language-neutral, platform-independent method for describing and solving bioinformatics problems. BioCORBA's mission is to leverage the code of the other Bio projects in an easy-to-use fashion. — The site is the center of development of an open source system for exchanging annotations on genomic sequence data. — is a public resource supporting scientists who use Lisp to develop intelligent applications in the biological sciences. BioLisp collects and disseminates Lisp biocomputing code and gathers Lisp pointers. — The BioRuby project aims to implement an integrated environment for bioinformatics by using Ruby. — BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. — Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition, specifically through the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program. — The Free Software Foundation offers a large array of open source resources, including GPL information. — says it is the world's largest open source development Web site, with the largest repository of open source code and applications available on the Internet. provides free services to open source developers, including project hosting, version control, bug and issue tracking, project management, backups, and archives. — The EuroLinux Alliance for a Free Information Infrastructure is an open coalition of commercial companies and nonprofit associations working to promote and protect a vigorous European Software Culture based on copyright, open standards, open competition, and open source software such as Linux. — Open Source Development Network provides news, tools, and education for the IT and developer community. — is a consortium of entrepreneurial people and institutions wanting to create a space for open software, open research, and open content. — FreeDevelopers is an entity for the development of free software. The resulting "free company" will be owned and run by developers worldwide on a democratic basis. — Open Source Directory's primary mission is to provide a resource for users to find and use open source applications that are stable. — O'Reilly & Associates is a computer technology information source offering books, conferences, and Web sites. —, an international organization that promotes openness in the field of bioinformatics, offers open source resources and links to free software on its Web site.

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