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[Gofriends] CFP: Bio-Ontologies 2008: Knowledge in Biology

Phillip Lord phillip.lord at
Mon Apr 14 05:31:59 PDT 2008

** Call for Papers

Submissions are now invited Bio-Ontologies 2008: Knowledge in Biology, a SIG
at Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 2008.

*** Key Dates

 - Submission due: **Friday 2nd May**
 - Notifications:  **Friday 23rd May**
 - Final Version Due: **Friday 30th May**
 - Workshop: **Sunday 20th July**

*** Introduction

Bio-Ontologies has existed as a SIG at ISMB ( for
more than a decade, making it one of the longest running. For this time,
Bio-Ontologies has provided a forum for discussion on the latest and most
cutting edge research on ontologies.

In this decade, the use of ontologies has become mature, moving from niche to
mainstream usage within bioinformatics. Following on from last year's
reflective look, this year we are broadening the scope of SIG; we are
interested in any formal or informal approach to organising, presenting and
disseminating knowledge in biology.

So, for example:

 - Semantic and/or Scientific wikis.
 - Multimedia blogs
 - Folksonomies
 - Tag Clouds
 - Collaborative Curation Platforms
 - Collaborative Ontology Authoring and Peer-Review Mechanisms

are topics which will be of relevance to the SIG, in addition to the more
traditional areas for bio-ontologies.

 - Biological Applications of Ontologies
 - Reports on Newly Developed or Existing Bio-Ontologies
 - Tools for Developing Ontologies
 - Use of Ontologies in Data Communication Standards
 - Use of Semantic Web technologies in Bioinformatics
 - Implications of Bio-Ontologies or the Semantic Web for drug discovery
 - Current Research In Ontology Languages and its implication for

Please note, that this year ISCB have made an innovative schedule, holding
some of the SIGs **DURING** ISMB. Bio-Ontologies is on the Sunday parallel to
the main conference.

** Programme

This year's keynote speaker will be Professor **Philip E. Bourne**, from the
Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD.

Our panel session will the following members:

 - Philip E. Bourne, UCSD
 - Helen Parkinson, European Bioinformatics Institute
 - Matt Cockerill, BioMed Central
 - Mark Wilkinson, University of British Columbia

*** Submissions

Submissions are now open and can be submitted through easychair

*** Instructions to Authors

We are inviting two types of submissions.

 - Short papers, up to 4 pages.
 - Poster abstracts, up to 1/2 page.

Following review, successful papers will be presented at the Bio-Ontologies
SIG. Poster abstracts will be provided poster space and time will be allocated
during the day for at least one poster session.

Unsuccesful papers will automatically be considered for poster presentation;
there is no need to submit both on the same topic.

The best papers from Bio-Ontologies 2008: Knowledge in Biology will be
published in BMC Bioinformatics.

*** Organisers

Phillip Lord, Newcastle University
Susanna-Assunta Sansone, EBI
Nigam Shah, Stanford
Matt Cockerill, BioMedCentral

*** Programme Committee

The programme committee, organised alphabetically is:

Mike Bada,           University of Colorado
Judith Blake,        Jackson Laboratory
Frank Gibson,        Newcastle University
Cliff Joslyn,        Pacific National Laboratory
Wacek Kusnierczyk,   Norwegian University of Science
                     and Technology
Robin MacEntire,     GSK
Helen Parkinson,     EBI
Daniel Rubin,        Stanford University
Alan Ruttenberg,     Science Commons
Susie M. Stephens,   Eli Lilly
Robert Stevens,      University of Manchester

and the conference organisers.

*** Templates

Submission templates are available from the website

Phillip Lord,                           Phone: +44 (0) 191 222 7827
Lecturer in Bioinformatics,             Email: phillip.lord at
School of Computing Science,  
Claremont Tower Room 909,               skype: russet_apples
Newcastle University,                   msn: msn at

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