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[protege-discussion] Extended Deadline - Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS)

paschke at paschke at
Tue Sep 30 09:43:01 PDT 2008

Dear Colleagues,

Because of a large number of requests, the submission date for the  
International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life  
Sciences (SWAT4LS) has been extended to October 13th.

We hope that you will consider submitting a paper - see submission  
details below.

Note: A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of  
BMC Bioinformatics supplement devoted to the workshop.

Best regards,

Adrian Paschke (on behalf of all Chairs)

Prof. Dr. Adrian Paschke (paschke at
AG-CSW (AG Corporate Semantic Web)
Free University Berlin

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

                          Call for Papers

         New 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 (New  
* 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

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