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Preliminary cfp: Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS) Workshop

From: Andrea Splendiani <andrea.splendiani@bbsrc.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:12:48 +0000
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To: HCLS IG <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, SW-forum <semantic-web@w3.org>
** Apologies for multiple posting **

The 4th edition of SWAT4LS will be held this year in London, on Dec. 9th
2011, preceded by two days of hackathon and tutorials on Dec. 7-8th.
The program is still be finalized. In the meanwhile, we would like to
diffuse a preliminary call for papers with relevant dates indicated.
More information can be found at: http://www.swat4ls.org/2011

Please diffuse this call!

best regards,
the SWAT4LS organizers


Call for Papers

Overview

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. 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 brought together researchers, both
developers and users, from the various fields of Biology, Bioinformatics and
Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in
the use of Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences.

Rationale

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 support
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 potential impact on
the future of publishing, biological research and medecine. 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.


Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

	 Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web
		 Semantic Web standards and new proposals (e.g.: RDF, OWL, SKOS,
SPIN, RuleML)
		 Tools for ontology management, editing and versioning
		 RDF stores, Reasoners, query and visualization systems
		 Formal approaches to large biomedical knowledge bases
		 Tools for semantic-enabled web publication
		 Alternative approaches to integrate semantic representations and
web based solutions
	 Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
		 Biomedical knowledge bases on the Semantic Web
		 Semantic biomedical Web Services
		 Semantics aware Biological Data Integration Systems
		 Semantic-enabled biomedical information systems and solutions
		 Linked Data for biomedical research
	 Existing and prospective applications of the Semantic Web for
Bioinformatics
		 Semantic Wikis
		 Semantic collaborative research environments
		 Semantic crowdsourcing and collective intelligence
		 Alternative approaches to biomedical metadata generation and
management
		 Case studies, use cases, and scenarios

Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought:

	 Research papers
	 Position papers
	 Posters
	 Software demos

Proceedings

All accepted communications will be published in the proceedings (under
definition, proceedings of SWAT4LS have appeared in the past in CEUR
proceedings and Nature precedings). 

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 internation 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.) 

Deadlines

	 Submission openinig: 12 September 2011
	 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


Andrea Splendiani
Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology
+44(0)1582 763133 ext 2004
andrea.splendiani@bbsrc.ac.uk
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