Arvados at the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference
The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) came to Boston this year, which was really fortunate for Arvados. Everyone at the event believes that open source software can improve the reliability and reproducibility of biology research, just like us. Since Boston is home base for the Curoverse team, it was easy for us to decide to attend.
At the conference, I presented a brief architectural overview of Arvados. The talk describes how the software keeps track of data and analysis to help biomedical researchers better collaborate and iterate to discoveries faster. Several components work in concert to help this happen, so if you've been looking for a big picture overview of the system, this talk will be right up your alley.
As fun as the talk was, the best part of any conference is the other people. It was exciting to see the breadth of other open source work in bioinformatics, and compare notes on different problems and solutions. And with my background in software development, it helped me to hear more about the obstacles some scientists face when they use free software in their research. My thanks to the BOSC organizers—it's clear they put in a lot of effort to hosting a productive conference.