We thank all the authors for their efforts in preparing their manuscripts. We also appreciate the great efforts made by the Program Committee members in rigourously reviewing the manuscripts. The high quality of the papers presented by the authors provided a challenging task in selecting the very best for acceptance. We greatly appreciate the time and effort of both the authors and the Program Committee, in their respective contributions, to continuing the GIW tradition of a high quality, engaging scientific program.
We also acknowledge Bioinformatics Australia (within AusBiotech Ltd) for hosting GIW 2008 as well as the assistance of the National Organizing Committee, the Local Organizing Committee, and the Conference Organisers (Martin Lack and Associates) for the coordination of the conference.
We are grateful for the support of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, the Queensland State Government, and:

AIST Computational Biology Research Center
ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure
Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
Australian Genome Research Facility
Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation
Sydney Bioinformatics
University of Queensland

Finally, we give special thanks to those who presented papers or posters at GIW 2008, and those who attended the conference. GIW 2008 would not be a complete success without their enthusiastic participation.