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[bioontology-support] CALL FOR PAPERS - ICBO 2014 Workshop on Starting an OBI-based Biobank Ontology

Jie Zheng jiezheng at
Thu Jun 19 12:51:31 PDT 2014

[Apologies for cross-posting]
Half Day ICBO 2014 Workshop on Starting an OBI-based Biobank Ontology
Houston, TX, USA
October 6th or 7th, 2014

Organized as part of 5th International Conference on Biomedical 
Ontologies (ICBO 2014)


Objective and Scope
Biobanks are a critical resource for translational science. However, 
they often suffer from a lack of semantics in their ability to 
disseminate data and make it readily queryable. The OBO Foundry provides 
ontologies that are relevant to representing the structure and function 
of biobanks. Currently the OBO Foundry doesn't address many aspects of 
biobanks necessary for best utilization of their data. The organizers of 
this workshop have independently developed biobank ontologies based on 
the Ontology of Biomedical Investigations (OBI) and view this workshop 
as an opportunity to expand our collaboration with other ontologists 
interested in biobanks. We also wish to bring together people from the 
biobank world who are interested in bringing ontologies into this 
effort. The workshop will focus on problems and requirements of a 
biobank ontology, as well as potential solutions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
     - Information models describing biobanks, their strengths, 
weaknesses, and competency criteria
     - Reports of biobank related ontologies
     - Case studies of applying ontologies to biobanks

All attendees will be expected to be interested in building an OBO 
Foundry compliant biobank ontology or providing use cases for a biobank 

Submission Guidelines
Papers are limited to 2-3 pages in the IEEE conference proceedings US 
Letter format:

Papers should be submitted electronically as a PDF file via the 
Easychair system at Scientific paper:

Submission Type: Scientific paper

Important Dates
     July 15, 2014                Paper submission deadline
     August 15, 2014            Notification of acceptance
     September 15,2014        Deadline for camera-ready copy

Keynote Speaker
     Dave Parrish (

     Mathias Brochhausen (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
     Melissa Haendel (Oregon Health & Science University)
     Chris Stoeckert (University of Pennsylvania)
     Jie Zheng (University of Pennsylvania)

If you have any questions or wish to inquire about the workshop, please 
     Chris Stoeckert at stoeckrt at or
     Jie Zheng at jiezheng at

Workshop website:

Please feel free forward this announcement to anyone who might be 

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