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[Gofriends] Bio-Ontologies SIG at ISMB/ECCB 2011 - Call for participation

Nigam Shah nigam at
Tue Feb 15 20:18:11 PST 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The Bio-Ontologies SIG ( provides a forum for
discussion of the latest and most innovative research in the application of
ontologies and more generally the organisation, presentation and
dissemination of knowledge in biomedicine and the life sciences.
Bio-Ontologies has existed as a SIG at ISMB for 13 years, making it one of
the longest running. We invite you to join us on July 15th-16th, 2011 (Fri,
Sat) at ISMB/ECCB 2011 in Vienna, Austria.

Key dates:

Submissions Due: April 22th, 2011 (Fri)
Notifications: May 13th, 2011 (Fri)
Final Version Due: May 20th, 2011 (Fri)
Workshop: July 15th-16th, 2011 (Fri, Sat)

Keynote speakers: Andrew Su and Ian Dix


We are interested in innovative approaches to organizing, presenting and
consuming knowledge in life sciences and biomedicine. We invite papers in
traditional areas, such as the biological applications of ontologies,
reports on newly developed Bio-Ontologies, and the use of ontologies in data
sharing standards. In addition, we invite submissions on methods,
applications and workflows that bridge the gaps in the acquisition,
dissemination and consumption of scientific content in biomedical
informatics research.

For example, the importance and utility of collaborative content acquisition
platforms (such as Wikis) is now widely accepted; however success stories
about informatics workflows and discoveries that are specifically enabled by
the proliferation of bio-wikis are not yet common. Similarly, there is
tremendous excitement around sharing and mining of data for both basic as
well as clinical research but real life solutions which bridge that divide
are still scarce. We are looking for submissions on solutions that
demonstrate the use of ontologies for "bridging the gaps" across research
areas in the life sciences.

We invite submissions on a range of topics including, but not limited to:
  - Discoveries enabled by Scientific Wikis.
  - Semantic Web enabled applications (such as for enhanced publishing and
for capturing scientific discourse)
  - Use of Ontologies in Data Standards
  - Role of Bio-ontologies in Health 2.0
  - Collaborative Curation Platforms
  - Collaborative Ontology Authoring and Peer-Review Mechanisms
  - Automated ontology learning
  - Automated Annotation Pipelines
  - Mapping between ontologies
  - Research in Ontology Languages and its Effect on Bio-Ontologies
  - "Flash updates" on Newly Developed or Existing Bio-Ontologies

 We are inviting three types of submissions:
  - Short papers, up to 4 pages.
  - Poster abstracts, up to 1 page.
  - Flash updates, up to 1 page

Please submit at:

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 2 days for at least one poster session. Flash updates
are for short talks (5 min) giving the salient new developments on existing
public ontologies. Authors of posters can also indicate a desire to provide
a flash update. Unsuccessful paper submissions will automatically be
considered for poster presentation; there is no need to submit both on the
same topic.

Nigam Shah
(on behalf of the organizers)
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