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Bioinformatics.Org announces the laureate of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award

  February, 16 2006 8:48
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HUDSON, Massachusetts--February 2006--The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. (a.k.a. Bioinformatics.Org) announces the laureate of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Life Sciences.

Bioinformatics.Org is proud to present the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Life Sciences to Michael Ashburner of Cambridge University. As expressed by his nominators, Prof. Ashburner has made fundamental contributions to many open access bioinformatics projects including FlyBase [1], the GASP project [2], the Gene Ontology project [3], and the Open Biological Ontologies project [4], and he was instrumental in the establishment of the European Bioinformatics Institute [5]. He is also known for advocating open access to biological information [6].

The Benjamin Franklin Award in the Life Sciences is a humanitarian award presented annually by Bioinformatics.Org to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted free and open access to the materials and methods used in the life sciences. The Award is named for Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), one of the most remarkable men of his time. Scientist, inventor, statesman, Franklin freely and openly shared his ideas and refused to patent his inventions, and it is the opinion of the founders of Bioinformatics.Org that he embodied the best traits of a scientist.

At the end of 2005, requests for nominations for the 2006 Award were sent out to more than 17,000 members of Bioinformatics.Org. Any individual who received more than one nomination was considered a nominee and had their name placed on the ballot for final selection by the membership.

The ceremony for the presentation of the Award will be held at the 2006 Bioinformatics.Org Annual Meeting (BiOAM), held in conjunction with the Life Sciences Conference and Expo, Boston, Massachusetts, April 3 to 5, 2006. The presentation will be made April 5 at 10:00 AM, and it is open to all attendees.
It involves a short introduction, the presentation of the certificate, and the laureate seminar. Please see http://bio-itworldexpo.com/ for more information on the event.

Past laureates of the Benjamin Franklin Award in the Life Sciences include Ewan Birney (2005), Lincoln Stein (2004), James Kent (2003) and Michael Eisen (2002). More information on the Award can be found at http://bioinformatics.org/franklin/.

1. http://www.flybase.org/
2. http://www.fruitfly.org/GASP1/
3. http://www.geneontology.org/
4. http://obo.sourceforge.net/
5. http://www.ebi.ac.uk/
6. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn2061

About Bioinformatics.Org:
The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. (a.k.a. Bioinformatics.Org) was established in 1998 to create a collaborative environment for bioinformatic practitioners and neophytes throughout the world. The Organization provides these individuals, as well as the public at large, free and open access to the methods and materials used in bioinformatics research, development (i.e., computer programming), and education. And we provide a permanent location for the generation of such, all without regard for nationality, education or affiliation. By doing this, the Organization helps to lower the barrier to entering and participating in bioinformatics, as access to commercial resources can be prohibitively expensive for those working individually, in small groups, at poorly-funded institutions or in developing nations. Currently, there are more than 17,000 members and 200 hosted projects registered at the website (http://Bioinformatics.Org/), making the Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. the largest international affiliation in the field.

J.W. Bizzaro, Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. president

Message posted by: Frank S. Zollmann

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