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[bioontology-support] [bioportal-announce] CfP: 7th International Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2014)

Adrian Paschke paschke at
Fri Aug 29 01:19:49 PDT 2014

Papers submission on  September 15th, 2014 Call for Papers


7th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the
Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2014) Berlin, Germany Dec. 9-10th, 2014







Since 2008, the SWAT4LS Workshop has provided a platform for the
presentation and discussion of the benefits and limits of applying web-based
information systems and semantic technologies in the domains of health care
and life sciences. SWAT4LS has been held in Edinburgh (2008), Amsterdam
(2009), Berlin (2010), London (2011), Paris (2012) and Edinburgh (2013). 


The next edition of SWAT4LS will be held in Berlin, Germany, on December 9 -
11, 2014. It will be articulated in a tutorials day (9th), a main workshop
day (10th) and an hackathon day (11th).


We are confident that the next edition of SWAT4LS will provide the same open
and stimulating environment that has previously brought together
researchers, developers, and users, from various fields including eHealth,
biomedical and clinical informatics, radiation oncology, systems biology,
computational biology, drug discovery, bioinformatics and biocomputing, to
discuss goals, current limits and real experiences with Semantic Web and
Linked Data technologies in health care and the life sciences.






The Web is a key medium for information publishing, and Web-based
information systems play a key role in biomedical information exchange and
data integration. The Semantic Web in particular provides a set of
interoperable standards and technologies that support knowledge
representation, ontology development, machine reasoning, data mining,
machine learning, distributed information resources, and collaborative
research environments. 

The variety and complexity of biomedical information requires these kind of
technologies and altogether, the adoption of the Web-based semantic
technologies in health care and the life sciences is having an impact on
publishing, as well as biological and clinical research. 

This workshop will provide a venue to present and discuss the benefits and
limits of adoption of these technologies. It will showcase experiences,
information resources, tool development and applications. It will bring
together researchers, both developers and users, from biology,
bioinformatics, computer science, and the clinic to discuss goals, current
limits and use cases for Semantic Web technologies.





Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


- Semantic interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and clinical
trial data

- Connecting clinical practice and clinical research

- Rapid Learning infrastructures for health care

- Enabling translational medicine and personalized medicine

- Interactive Knowledge Browsing and Semantic Web approaches to Big Metadata

- Harnessing biomedical ontologies and terminologies with medical standards
for information exchange

- Standards such as HL7, BRIDG, CDISC, DICOM, EN13606, ISO 18308, openEHR,
together with medical terminologies and ontologies such as SNOMED, NCIt,
LOINC, MedDRA, ICD, CTCAE, ATC for international Continuity of Care Record
(CCR) and transmural care

- Clinical Decision Support Systems

- Methods for reusing patient data in clinical research

- Patient recruitment, eligibility studies, and OWL/RDF models of
eligibility criteria

- Semantic Web standards and new proposals (e.g.: RuleML, RDF, OWL, SKOS,
SPIN, Microformats)

- Tools for ontology mapping, editing, annotation, versioning and provenance

- APIs and Tools for access to (distributed) knowledge bases
(e.g.multi-agents, rest apis, semantic web services, OMG API4KB)

- Semantic Scientific Workflows and eScience processes

- RDF stores, NoSQL, reasoners, query and visualization systems

- Knowledge representation for biomedical knowledge bases

- Applications of query federation for distributed knowledge, data sharing,
and data discovery

- Access control and data security for medical data

- Tools for semantics-enabled Web publication




Type of contributions


The following possible contributions are sought:

- Tutorials

- Research papers

- Position papers

- Posters

- Software demos





Proceedings of SWAT4LS 2014 will be published in CEUR Workshop proceedings (




Special issue


Authors of accepted contributions to the upcoming edition of SWAT4LS will be
invited to submit to a special issue of the BMC Journal of Biomedical
Semantics (tbc).






Papers submission (abstracts):             September 7th, 2014

Papers submission deadline (full text):        September 15th, 2014

Posters and demos submission deadline:         September 30th, 2014

Communication of acceptance:             October 27th, 2014 

Camera ready paper:                 November 18, 2014

Tutorials                          Tue, December 9, 2014    

Workshop                           Wed, December 10, 2014

Hackathon                            Thu, December 11, 2014*


(*) the hackathon may be extended to one extra optional day, pending
confirmation of venues.





All papers and posters must be in English and submitted in pdf format.


Submissions for papers should report original research, and should be
between 8 and 15 pages.

Submissions for position papers should report qualified opinions,
recommendations or conclusions, and should be between 3 and 6 pages.

Submissions for posters should be between 2 and 4 pages.

Submissions for software demo proposals should also be between 2 and 4


Please upload all submissions as PDF files based on the LNCS format (






All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system.




To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by
at least three members of the Scientific Program Committee.







We offer a variety of sponsorship options. Interested parties are invited to
contact the organizers at  <mailto:info at> info at .


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