The 10th NBDC/DBCLS BioHackathon registration opened

  • BioHackathon 2017:

    BioHackathon 2017 (BH17) will be held in Tokyo and Morioka, Iwate, Japan from Sep 9th to 16th, 2017.
    NBDC and DBCLS have been organizing annual BioHackathons since 2008, mainly focusing on standardization and interoperability of bioinformatics data and web servicess for improving integration, preservation and utilization of databases in life sciences.
    This year, we will host the hackathon in Morioka with a generous support from the Iwate Medical University where our collaborators are conducting a cohort project for Japanese populations.

    From the experiences obtained through a series of BioHackathons, we have chosen the Semantic Web as a key technology for improving integration and utilization of data. As a result of ourcommunity efforts, A number of major databases have been publicly available as RDF resources, e.g,

     * DNA sequences and annotations: INSDC (DDBJ), Ensembl
     * Protein sequences and annotations: UniProt
     * Protein 3D structures: PDB
     * Chemical substances: PubChem, ChEMBL
     * Pathways and interactions: Reactome, PSICQUIC
     * Biomedical databases: ClinVar, ExAC, MedGen
     * Text resources: MeSH, PubAnnotations
     * and more …

    and, now it is demanded to create applications based on them, while we also continue developing tools, ontologies and RDF data as we have done in the previous BioHackathons.
    Topics and targets which may be included by this BioHackathon can be found at and we are also open to accept any relevant issues which our community currently faces.

    On the first two days, we will have a extended public symposium for the 10th anniversary in Tokyo. Then we will move to Morioka for software development and discussions for five days. On the last day, we plan to have a session for summarizing a meeting report.

    Symposium: Sep 9 (Sat) – 10 (Sun) in Tokyo Hackathon: Sep 11 (Mon) – 15 (Fri) in Morioka Writethon: Sep 16 (Sat) in Morioka
    The hackathon will be took place at the hotel Taikan which is located at the country side of Morioka city where we can stay together and focusing on coding.

    As a general requirement, participants are requested to attend the meeting for its entire schedule to maximize the effectiveness of the hackathon and to reduce logistics problems.
    Note that we need to ask your kind understanding for sharing a hotel room with other participants because the venue doesn’t have enough single rooms.
    Also, we’ll make announcements and have discussions related to the hackathon on the mailing list at so if you are new to our BioHackathon, please subscribe to the list.