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CFP: The Seventh Annual Bio-ontologies Meeting

Phillip Lord p.lord at
Thu May 20 03:06:09 PDT 2004

Apologies for those of you who get this more than once. 

The deadline for submissions is now approaching. 

The Seventh Annual Bio-ontologies Meeting Call For Submissions

Key Information

Organisers: Robert Stevens(1), Robin McEntire(2),
      Phillip Lord(1), and James.A.Butler(2)

(1) Dept of Computer Science, University of Manchester
(2) GlaxoSmithKline

Submission Deadline: 31st May 2004      
Contact:  bio-ontologies at    
Location: Glasgow, Scotland.
Date: 30th July
Main Conference:
Registration Costs:  80 Academic, 110 Corporate, 60 Student
   (Prices in UK Pounds. 17.5% VAT will be added. Coffee and lunch included)

General Information
The Bio-Ontologies workshop has been in existence since 1998, and now
operates as a Special Interest Group at the ISMB Conference.
Bio-Ontologies is well established as one of the key meetings for
dissemination of the latest information and research on ontologies in the
life sciences and has drawn the key researchers in the field.

After last year's highly successful theme of "Ontologies and Text
Analysis", we will follow with the timely theme of "Ontologies and
Bio-Images". Work is currently being done in the area of ontologies of
images, especially in the domain of developmental biology and
medicine. A prime example of this work is the Bio-Image databank,
which makes extensive use of ontologies.

Our guest speaker for this year's topic will be Dr. David Shotton, who
will talk about the use of ontologies within the BioImage database.

New this year

This year, Comparative and Functional Genomics will publish selected
presentations from the Seventh Annual Bio-Ontologies
Workshop. Previously we have published Conference Reviews in CFG. We are
very pleased that last year's Workshop had enough substantial,
high-quality work to enable such a special issue this year. We do, however,
believe that a level of informality is critical to the success of this
Workshop, and so we hope the meeting offers a venue for news and
views, perhaps less developed, but up to the minute work. All are

We invite the submission of two A4 page abstracts for presentation along
this theme. Suitable topics include, but are not restricted to:

The content of bio-images;
The technical origins  of images
Support for image analysis (e.g., change in shape, colour,
texture, etc.)

We wish, however, not to restrict the topics presented to the theme
alone. So, we are also interested in:

Shared experiences in using ontology tools, development methodologies, 
comparing ontologies, and reusing other people's ontologies; 

Current research in ontology languages and ontology exchange

Updates on ontologies in development by members of the life
sciences community, including genomics, proteomics and

Practical uses of ontologies in research and drug discovery
especially pre-competitive ontologies for the industry.

Submission details at
Phillip Lord,				Phone: +44 (0) 161 275 6139
PostDoctoral Research Associate,        Email: p.lord at
Department of Computer Science  
Kilburn Building              
University of Manchester                
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

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