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    Awards: to form a steering committee for the Benjamin Franklin Award
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (1 comment)

    Submitter has been an important part of the bioinformatics community since 1998. The organization hosts hundreds of applications, databases, educational materials, and other resources. Our more than 40,000 members worldwide participate by sharing these resources, including community news and career opportunities. Among the offerings from is an annual award recognizing advancements and contributions in open science. The Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences is a humanitarian/bioethics award presented annually by 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 was born out of a desire to recognize work contributing to openness in science by J.W. Bizzaro, founder of

    The organizers of are committed to recognizing the achievements of the diverse bioinformatics community, including the important contributions of women and minorities to the field of bioinformatics and – in particular – the open resources that drive it.

    To improve our ability to do that, will form and convene a steering committee to bring new advice and voices to the table as we further improve the awards system for the future. The committee will specifically address the representation of women and minorities in the selection process, and will be made up of scientists from outside of

    Starting today, will make the following changes to the Franklin Award nomination process:
    • One will not need to join or any other organization in order to nominate someone for the award (but free registration will remain a requirement for voting on the ballot).
    • There will be no limit to the number of nominations that an individual can submit (but each nomination will still need to meet the basic criteria described on the page about the selection process).
    There are many deserving scientists in our space, and it is our hope that these expanded nomination criteria will raise more names for consideration.

    For more information on the award and the selection process, please visit

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    Thank you!
    Submitted by Ricardo Frausto; posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020
    This change is welcome! hope that this does increase the diversity of the pool of candidates, and that it makes visible the diversity of scientits in this space. Keep a close eye on th impact of this change, because it is verly likely to require adjustments in the future. Best, Ricardo
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