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[Gofriends] Reminder - Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS)

paschke at paschke at
Thu Oct 9 06:11:03 PDT 2008

                            International Workshop on
Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS)
                      28th November 2008, Edinburgh, UK
                                       Call for Papers

Submission deadline: 13 October 2008!

A selection of papers will be published in a BMC Bioinformatics  
supplement devoted to the workshop

The workshop is organized in sessions and open discussions. Invited  
speakers will present state-of-theart,
provocative lectures on the workshop's main topic, while a number of  
submissions will be accepted as
oral presentations and posters on all workshop's topics.

Workshop Description
Semantic Web technologies, tools and applications are starting to  
emerge in Life Sciences. In recent
years, systems have been introduced and an increasing interest among  
researchers is arising. This
workshop will provide a venue to present and discuss benefits and  
limits of the adoption of these
technologies and tools in biomedical informatics and computational biology.
It will showcase experiences, information resources, tools development  
and applications. It will bring
together researchers, both developers and users, from the various  
fields of Biology, Bioinformatics and
Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and some real use  
cases for Semantic Web
technologies in Life Sciences.

Keynote Speakers
+ Semantic web technology in translational cancer research,
Michael Krauthammer, Department of Pathology, Yale University School  
of Medicine, USA
+ Using Ontologies to bring Web Services on to the Semantic Web
Mark Wilkinson, Dept. of Medical Genetics, University of British  
Columbia, Canada

Workshop Venue and Format
The workshop will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 28 November  
2008, and is hosted by the e-
Science Institute of the UK's National e-Science Centre (NeSC).
SWAT4LS will be a one-day workshop and will consist of two invited  
talks, regular paper and poster
presentations. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion on  
the strength and weaknesses of the
Semantic Web for the Life Sciences.

* Submission deadline (both papers and posters): 13 October 2008
* Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2008
* Camera-ready submission: 3 November 2008

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web
o Semantic Web standards (RDF, OWL, ...)
o RDF/OWL, SKOS, .... and their applicability to bioinformatics
o RDF Schemas and Query systems
o Biomedical Ontologies and related tools
o Formal approaches to large biomedical controlled terminologies
and vocabularies
* Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
o Bio-ontologies, RDF stores, Semantic Web Services
o RDF repositories and query systems for life sciences
o Semantically aware biomedical Web Services
o Semantic Biological Data Integration Systems
* Existing and perspective applications of the Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
o Semantic browsers, Semantic collaborative research
o Case studies, use cases, and scenarios
o Semantic Web applications in life sciences

Type of contributions and instructions
The following possible original contributions are sought:
* Oral communications (regular papers)
* Posters
* Software demos

All contributions must be in English and must be submitted through the  
EasyChair review system at:
Please upload all submissions as PDF files in LNCS format (see ).
To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully  
peer-reviewed by at least three members of the
Scientific Committee.
* Submissions for Oral communications should be between 10 and 15 pages.
* Posters submissions should be between 4 and 8 pages.
* Software demo proposals should also be between 4 and 8 pages.

All accepted oral communications and posters will be published with  
the Workshop
Proceedings service (see

Furthermore, a selection of papers will be published in a special  
issue of the BMC Bioinformatics journal
devoted to the SWAT4LS workshop.

To this end, a special Call will be launched shortly after the  
workshop, for extended and revised versions
of contributions submitted to the workshop and accepted either as oral  
communication or poster.
For any information, refer to info at .

Workshop Chairs
+ Albert Burger, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences,  
Heriot-Watt University, and Human
Genetics Unit, Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
+ Adrian Paschke, Corporate Semantic Web, Free University Dresden, Germany
+ Paolo Romano, Bioinformatics, National Cancer Research Institute,  
Genova, Italy
+ Andrea Splendiani, Medical Informatics Department, University of  
Rennes 1, Rennes, France

Programme Committee
+ Giulio Armano, University of Cagliari, Italy
+ Christopher Baker, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore
+ Pedro Barahona, New University of Lisboa, Portugal
+ Liliana Barrio-Alvers, Transinsight GmbH, Germany
+ Virendra C. Bhavsar, University of New Brunswick, Canada
+ Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA
+ Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, University of Machester, United Kingdom
+ Werner Ceusters, University at Buffalo, USA
+ Kei Cheung, Yale Center for Medical Informatics, USA
+ Marie-Dominique Devignes, LORIA, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France
+ Michel Dumontier, Carleton University, Canada
+ C. Maria Keet, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
+ Graham Kemp, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
+ Jacob Tilman Koehler, University of Tromsø, Norway
+ Ludwig Krippahl, New University of Lisboa, Portugal
+ Patrick Lambrix, Linköping University, Sweden
+ Phillip Lord, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom
+ M. Scott Marshall, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+ Lyndon Nixon, STI International, Austria
+ Stephan Philippi, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
+ Alan Ruttenberg, Science Commons, USA
+ Matthias Samwald, DERI, Galway, Ireland, and Semantic Web Company, Austria
+ Nigam Shah, Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, USA
+ Michael Schröder, TU Dresden, Germany
+ Robert Stevens, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
+ Luca Toldo, Merck Serono, Germany
+ Tetsuro Toyoda, RIKEN, Japan
+ Jano van Hemert, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In Co-operation with:
- National Cancer Research Institute, Genova, Italy
- Biotechnology Centre, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany
- School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt  
University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France
- e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
- SeaLife Project, European Commission Information Society and Media
- Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Technologies in Bioinformatics  
(LITBIO), Italy

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