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Getting Connected#

Please read Contributing for information about how to get involved with the biocommons.


Google groups are used to grant access to files, invite people to meetings, and, of course, for email distribution.

Announcement lists are for announcements only; anyone may join, but posting is limited.

  • biocommons-announce Announcement list. Low-volume, read-only list primarily for announcements of new releases, meetings, and similar information.

Discussion lists are for community discussion; anyone may join and post, but first posts are moderated to cut down spam.

  • biocommons-devs Discussion list for developers of biocommons tools.

  • biocommons-hacakathons Discussion list for biocommons hackathons (and very quiet betwen them).

  • biocommons-maintainers Discussion list for biocommons maintainers. Maintainers are automatically added and can post; viewable (read-only) by everyone else.

  • biocommons-users Discussion list for users to ask and answer questions about tools.

Archived lists are kept to preserve prior discussions.

  • hgvs-discuss DEPRECATED Previously used to discuss the hgvs package.


There are currently two recurring meetings relevant to the community:

  • biocommons collective coding: Second Monday, 8:30-11:30 am PT, open to everyone (add to calendar). Code with the community over Google Meet. Join biocommons-devs to get a calendar invitation. This is a good opportunity to ask and answer questions, collaborate, get input on ideas, etc. Attendance varies month-to-month, so consider coordinating on Slack if you're looking to meet up with someone. Please indicate attendance on Google Calendar.

  • biocommons maintainers meeting: Starting March 25, 2024. Fourth Monday, 9-10am PT, mandatory for maintainers and open to everyone (add to calendar). Folks in biocommons-maintainers will be added automatically This is where we coordinate between projects to ensure that the biocommons evolves coherently. Agenda in meeting notes.


The Google Drive folder contains presentations, project planning, manuscripts, and similar documents.


Slack is the fastest way to get fast answers. Join biocommons Slack workspace, then introduce yourself on #intros.