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Annotations Standards and Controlled Vocabularies Workshop, 19-21 February

Liz Ford ford at
Wed Feb 5 06:32:12 PST 2003

The EBI will host an Industry workshop: "Annotations Standards and 
Controlled Vocabularies" on 19th - 21st February 2003.  There will be a 
limited amount of spaces only.  A pre-requisite to the meeting is that you 
must be able to attend all three days of the workshop.

To apply for a place please send me an email.  I shall confirm that a place 
has been booked for you on Wednesday 12 February - not before.

Please find below the details of the workshop.


"Annotations Standards and Controlled Vocabularies" on 19th - 21st February 

Hinxton Hall Conference Centre, Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD, 
United Kingdom

Rooms: James Watson and Rosalind Franklin Pavilions

The Scientific Coordinators are Midori Harris and Paul Matthews.

The first day covers an introduction to Ontologies, why are they being 
made, what questions are they trying to address, how are they 
made/represented. We will hear talks by Midori Harris, Dr. Robert Stevens 
from Manchester University and the GOA group here at EBI, with a structured 
hands on session in the afternoon using the IT training room facilities.

The second day is focused towards industry/commercial use of ontologies 
with confirmed invited talks from Affymetrix (including a demo of their 
analysis portal netaffx & the application/use of ontologies (GO) within 
this), PharmaDM (with accompanying demonstration), and BioWisdom. We will 
hear about how ontologies are used, what questions they answer & their 
contribution to the analysis/research/software that they are used in/with. 
Yet to be confirmed is a talk by AstraZeneca, who have been involved with 
ontologies work, and assisting in their development from the outset of the 
GO consortium.

The third day of the workshop has talks from Duncan Davidson of the Mouse 
Atlas group in Edinburgh, Rachel Drysdale from the Flybase group based in 
Cambridge and a number of talks from the EBI covering areas including: Mged 
ontology, GO/UMLS, sequence ontology. These will show the extent to which 
the ontologies are now a key part of the work, research and analysis within 
the academic community.

At the end of the workshop we will have heard about the use of and 
intentions of ontologies, their limitations, how they help & can be 
utilized within the R&D environment to add value to research & analyses.

Invited speakers:
Dr Robert Stevens, University of Manchester
Rachel Drysdale, Cambridge University
Duncan Davidson, HGU MRC, Edinburgh
Geoff Scopes, Affymetrix
Kristof Van Belleghem, PharmaDM
Gordon Baxter, BioWisdom
Bosse Servenius, AstraZeneca (to be confirmed)

Internal speakers:
Midori Harris
Evelyn Camon
Jane Lomax
Helen Parkinson

Preliminary Agenda
Wednesday 19 February 2003
09.00 Registration
09.30 title TBA (Midori Harris, EBI)
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 title TBA (Robert Stevens, University of Manchester)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 GO/UMLS, title TBA(Jane Lomax, EBI)
14.00 GOA, title TBA (Evelyn Camon, EBI)
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Structured hands on practical session
16.30 Discussion session, Q/A & Close

Thursday 20 February 2003
09.30 Affymetrix, Talk & Demo, title TBA (Geoff Scopes, Affymetrix)
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 BioWisdom, title TBA (Gordon Baxter, BioWisdom)
12.30 Lunch
13.30 PharmaDM, Talk & Demo, title TBA (Kristof Van Belleghem, PharmaDM)
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 title TBA (Bosse Servenius, AstraZeneca)
16.30 Open session
18.30 Depart for workshoip dinner

Friday 21 February 2003
09.30 Flybase, title TBA (Rachael Drysdale, University of Cambridge)
10.30 MIAME, MAGE and the MGED ontology (Helen Parkinson, EBI)
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Ontology use in Ensembl, title TBA (Imre Vastrik, EBI)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 PSI initiative, title TBA (Henning Hermjakob, EBI)
13.30 Mouse Atlas Group, title TBA (Duncan Davidson, MRC Genetics unit, 
14.30 Discussion session
15.00 Close

Elizabeth Ford, EMBL Outstation
European Bioinformatics Institute
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD
Tel: +44-(0)1223-494-626
Fax: +44-(0)1223-494-496
email: ford at

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