Microsoft has contributed its .Net Bio project to the Outercurve Foundation.
contributed its .Net Bio project to the Outercurve
, a software IP management and project development governance
organization for open-source efforts.
Foundation announced its acceptance of the .Net Bio
into the foundation's Research Accelerators Gallery. Formerly known
as the Microsoft Biology Foundation, .Net Bio is a language-neutral, reusable
.NET library and API that supports the development of applications for
bioinformatics research. It is the fourth project contributed to the gallery.
The open-source project has the support of bioinformatics researchers from a
number of educational institutions, foundation officials said.
The Research Accelerators
Gallery hosts open-source projects that support the development of tools and
technologies used by academic researchers and scientists. Working within the
gallery, .Net Bio contributors will be able to increase the project's focus on
improving community-development practices to broaden the capabilities and
usefulness of .Net Bio to the life sciences community, the foundation said.
"The .Net Bio
project shows the power of community and collaboration in the scientific and
research communities," Paula Hunter, executive director of the Outercurve
Foundation, said in a statement. "The contribution of such a significant and
far-reaching project will help researchers expand participation in planned
development engagements within the USA, Brazil, Colombia, and Australia. .Net
Bio will enable researchers to share data and development methodologies to
support a range of life sciences research projects."
.Net Bio is a
bioinformatics toolkit that includes a library of commonly used bioinformatics
functions. The .Net Bio project's V1 release, completed in summer 2011,
facilitates collaboration and accelerates scientific research by enabling
different data sets to communicate. Several universities and corporations use
.Net Bio tools to reduce processing time and enable scientists to focus on
research. Project committers come from Cornell University, the University of
Queensland, Johnson & Johnson, Illumina and Microsoft-the foundation's
"As part of
the Outercurve Foundation, .Net Bio project committers will have the
resources and community participation to support more complex and very large
plant genomes by working with universities and consortia around the world," Tony
Hey, an Outercurve board member and corporate vice president of Microsoft
Research Connections, said in a statement. "The project brings a strong history
of consistent and dedicated community management to the Outercurve Foundation."
Foundation has three galleries and 17 projects. Galleries include the ASP.NET
Open Source Gallery, the Research Accelerators Gallery and the Data, Language
and System Interoperability (DLSI) Gallery.