The mission of the Bioconductor project is to develop, support, and disseminate free open source software that facilitates rigorous and reproducible analysis of data from current and emerging biological assays. We are dedicated to building a diverse, collaborative, and welcoming community of developers and data scientists.

Scientific, Technical and Community Advisory Boards provide project oversight.

Release and core development

The Bioconductor release version is updated twice each year, and is appropriate for most users. There is also a development version, to which new features and packages are added prior to incorporation in the release. A large number of meta-data packages provide pathway, organism, microarray and other annotations.

The Bioconductor project started in 2001 and is overseen by a core team, based primarily at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and by other members coming from US and international institutions. A Community Advisory Board and a Technical Advisory Board of key participants meets monthly to support the Bioconductor mission by coordinating training and outreach activities, developing strategies to ensure long-term technical suitability of core infrastructure, and to identify and enable funding strategies for long-term viability. A Scientific Advisory Board including external experts provides annual guidance and accountability.

Key citations to the project include Huber et al., 2015 Nature Methods 12:115-121 and Gentleman et al., 2004 Genome Biology 5:R80

Bioconductor Packages

Most Bioconductor components are distributed as R packages. The functional scope of Bioconductor packages includes the analysis of DNA microarray, sequence, flow, SNP, and other data.

Project Goals

The broad goals of the Bioconductor project are:

Main Project Features

Code of Conduct

Please refer to the Bioconductor Code of Conduct