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The Eighth Annual Bio-Ontologies Meeting Call for Submissions: Deadline FRIDAY 29th APRIL

Phillip Lord p.lord at
Mon Apr 25 06:01:19 PDT 2005

This will be the final call for submissions as the deadline is
Friday. Please not that this year we are also hoping to have a demo
session of tools for bio-ontologies, so please submit abstracts. 

Submissions or questions to bio-ont-sig at

Please note that this year bio-ontologies is in the beautiful city of
Detroit. Ask yourself, can you afford to miss this opportunity? 


The Eighth Annual Bio-Ontologies Meeting Call for Submissions

Key Information

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

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

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Submission Deadline: 29th April
Main Conference:

General Information

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

Ontologies provide a mechanism for organising, sharing and reconciling
data. Within recent years there has been a great deal of interest in
the use of ontologies within bioinformatics, particularly in providing
computationally accessible annotation, or standard data models for
complex data for microarray or pathway information.

Meetings such as last years workshop and SOFG have made it clear that
there are many important uses of ontologies and a clear realisation of
the importance of implementing mechanisms for integrating source
ontologies rather than duplicating effort or causing confusion by
extending a given ontology to include everything.

However, with the increase in scope and use of ontologies within
bioinformatics, issues of scalability, expressivity and best practices
for modelling are becoming more important. We are particularly
interested, therefore, in work involving multiple source ontologies,
and which cut across the different levels of granularity implicit
within biological systems.

BioOntologies is an informal workshop. Submissions will be reviewed by
the programme committee. A number of talks will be invited for ***full
publication*** as papers in Comparative and Functional Genomics
(see for
last years papers)


We invite submissions to this years Bio-Ontologies. Suitable topics
include but are not restricted to:

    * Biological Applications of Ontologies.
    * Reports on Newly Developed or Existing Bio-Ontologies.
    * Tools for Developing Ontologies.
    * Use of Semantic Web technologies in BioInformatics
    * The implications of Bio-Ontologies or the Semantic Web for the drug discovery process
    * Current Research In Ontology Languages and its implication for Bio-Ontologies

This year, for the first time, we would like to have a number of short
software or ontology demonstrations, showing new or existing tools for
building or using ontologies, or describing the design of
ontologies. Submissions for these demonstrations are particularly encouraged.


Submission Instructions

Submissions are limited to 2 pages. Please submit using word using the
templates available at

Alternatively, submissions may be as a text file. 

Submissions should be emailed to bio-ont-sig at We will
acknowledge within a day or two. 

Bio-Ontologies is an informal meeting. Abstracts are reviewed by the
programme committee. All accepted abstracts will be published by the
organisers on their web site and in the main programme booklet. By
submitting your paper, you consent to this publication.

Authors of abstracts accepted for full publication as long (8 page)
papers in Comparative and Functional Genomics will be notified
following the meeting, for publication around October. Full
details will be given later.

Authors will be informed of acceptance within a few days of the
submission deadline. 

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