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[Bio-software] CFP: Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2011) - Deadline October 7th

Adrian Paschke via bio-soft%40net.bio.net (by adrian.paschke from gmx.de)
Sat Oct 1 03:46:47 EST 2011

                   Call for Papers

          4th International Workshop on
  Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences
                   SWAT4LS 2011
            Dec 7th-9th, 2011, London, UK

    In cooperation with ACM SIG Bioinformatics, W3C

 ++++ Submission Deadline in one Week - Oct 7, 2011   ++++

* Proceedings will be published and listed in the ACM ICP Series    *
* SWAT4LS in cooperation with the ACM SIG Bioinformatics            *
* SWAT4LS supported by W3C                                          *
* Journal Special Issue for extended and revised accepted papers    *
* Program includes Hackathon, Tutorials, Keynotes, Demos, Panel     *
* http://www.swat4ls.org/workshops/london2011/scientific-programme/ *
* Sponsored by BBSRC, NCBO, BioMed Central                          *


Since 2008, SWAT4LS is a workshop that has provided a platform for the
presentation and discussion of the benefits and limits of applying web-
based information systems and semantic technologies in Biomedical
Informatics and Computational Biology.

Growing steadily each year as Semantic Web applications become more
widespread, SWAT4LS has been in Edinburgh 2008, Amsterdam 2009, and
Berlin 2010, with London planned for 2011. The last edition of SWAT4LS
was held in Berlin, on December 10th, 2010 with more than 100
attendees. It was preceded by two days of tutorials and other
associated events.

We are confident that the next edition of SWAT4LS will provide the
same open and stimulating environment that continues to bring together
researchers, both developers and users, from domains spanning health
care, life sciences, clinical research and translational medicine, to
discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the use of
Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences.


The Web is a key medium for information publishing, and Web-based
information systems play a key role in biomedical information exchange
and integration. At the same time, the variety and complexity of
biomedical information call for the adoption of semantic-based
solutions. The Semantic Web provides a set of technologies and
standards that are key to supporting semantic markup, ontology
development, distributed information resources and collaborative
social environments. Altogether the adoption of the Web-based semantic-
enabled technologies in the Life Sciences has a potential impact on
the future of publishing, scientific communication, and biomedical
research. 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 serve as a
showcase for experiences, information resources, tools development and


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web

o Semantic Web standards and new proposals (e.g.: RDF, OWL, SKOS,
o Tools for ontology management, editing and versioning
o RDF stores, Reasoners, query and visualization systems
o Formal approaches to large biomedical knowledge bases
o Tools for semantic-enabled web publication
o Alternative approaches to integrate semantic representations and web
based solutions

- Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics

o Biomedical knowledge bases on the Semantic Web
o EHR and clinical research data interoperability and reuse
o Clinical data pipelines for supporting tailored therapy and
molecular medicine
o Tracking genotype and phenotype assertions with provenance
o Semantic biomedical Web Services
o Semantics aware Biological Data Integration Systems
o Semantic-enabled biomedical information systems and solutions
o Linked Data for biomedical research, drug development and discovery

- Existing and prospective applications of the Semantic Web for

o Semantic Wikis
o Semantic collaborative research environments
o Semantic crowdsourcing and collective intelligence
o Alternative approaches to biomedical metadata generation and
o Case studies, use cases, and scenarios

Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought:

- Research papers
- Position papers
- Posters
- Software demos


Accepted papers will be published as proceedings in the ACM ICP Series
(The publication will be available under the following ISBN number:

Special issue

Authors of accepted contributions to the upcoming edition of SWAT4LS
will be invited to submit an extended and revised version of their
contributions for a special issue of an international peer-reviewed
scientific journal (under definition, special issues of SWAT4LS have
appeared in the past in BMC Bioinformatics and in the BMC Journal of
Biomedical Semantics.)


- Papers submission deadline: 7 October 2011
- Posters and demo submission deadline: 31 October 2011
- Communication of acceptance: 7 November 2011
- Camera ready: 21 November 2011


All papers and posters must be in English, formatted according to ACM
IPCS guidelines (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-
templates) and submitted in pdf format.

- Submissions for papers should report original research, and should
be between 4 and 8 pages.
- Submissions for position papers should report qualified opinions,
recommendations or conclusions, and should be between 1 and 3 pages.
- Submissions for posters should be between 1 and 2 pages.
- Submissions for software demo proposals should also be between 1 and
2 pages.


All submissions are handled via the EasyChair submission system
( https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=swat4ls2011).
To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-
reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Committee.

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