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[protege-discussion] NCBO Seminar Series - Michel Dumontier, Wed April 1

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Mon Mar 30 09:01:51 PDT 2009

Hello All!

The National Center for Biomedical Ontology is pleased to announce its next
online Seminar Series, Wednesday, April 1st at 10am PST. Please note there
will not be a VOIP option, and attendees must call into the teleconference.

This series aims to showcase new projects, technologies and ideas in
biomedical ontology by featuring the work of a different collaborator each
session. It is a webinar held online, and as such is open to anyone
interested, regardless of location or affiliation.

Below is Information on how to join next week’s online meeting and
accompanying teleconference. The seminar will be presented by Michel
Dumontier, Associate Professor at the Yale Center for Medical informatics.
The title of the presentation will be "Precise biochemical knowledge
starting with structure-based criteria for molecular identity”.

For a schedule of 2009 presentations through June, or for more information
about the series, please visit the Seminar Series home page: **. Information on how to join
this week’s webinar is given below. To receive information on or to join any
future meetings, please contact *skanel at*.

The sponsoring organization, the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (**), is a consortium of leading biologists,
clinicians, informaticians, and ontologists who develop innovative
technology and methods allowing scientists to create, disseminate, and
manage biomedical information and knowledge in machine-processable form.

*Title*: Precise biochemical knowledge starting with structure-based
criteria for molecular identity

*Abstract*: Biochemical ontologies aim to capture and represent biochemical
entities and the relations that exist between them in an accurate and
precise manner. A fundamental starting point is the use of identifiers that
precisely and uniquely identify some biochemical entity, whether it be a
substance, a quality or some biological process. Yet, our current approach
for generating identifiers doing so is often haphazard and incomplete. This
prevents us from accurately integrating knowledge and also leads to under
specification of our knowledge. This talk aims to initiate a discussion on
plausible structure-based strategies for biochemical identity, ultimately to
generate identifiers in an automatic and curator/database independent
fashion, whether it be at molecular level or some part thereof (e.g.
residues, collection of residues, atoms, collection of atoms, functional
groups). With structure-based identifiers in hand, we will be in a position
to accurately capture specific biochemical knowledge, such as how a set of
residues in a binding site are involved in a chemical reaction including the
fact that a key nitrogen atom must first be de-protonated. Thus, this will
enhance our current representation of biochemical knowledge and make it
fundamentally more useful.

Topic: NCBO Seminar Series
Date: The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every 1 months
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
*Meeting Number: 926 719 478
Meeting Password: ncbomeeting*

Please click the link below to see more information about the meeting,
including its agenda, or to join the meeting.

To join the online meeting
1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: ncbomeeting
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To join the meeting on iPhone
Go to wbx://

Don't have the iPhone WebEx application yet?
Go to

To join the teleconference
*Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300 *
Global call-in numbers:

For assistance
1. Go to
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

You can contact me at:
whetzel at

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