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Call for Papers: Data Integration for the Life Sciences 2012 (DILS12)

From: Ulf Leser <leser@informatik.hu-berlin.de>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:01:13 +0100
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                         Call for Papers and Posters

                     Eighth International Conference on
             Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS 2012)

                              June 28-29, 2012
               University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

                 http://sites.google.com/site/webdils2012/

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Applications of data integration in the life sciences have started to
provide significant results. For example, the eMERGE Network has
recently demonstrated that combining phenotype information extracted
from electronic medical records with genotype information in order to
study the relationship between genome-wide genetic variation and common
human traits is a viable and cost-effective alternative to the
traditional genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

Of course, such studies leverage the foundational work of the past
decade on biomedical data integration (architectures, data models,
ontologies, privacy, etc), which had paved the way for life sciences
infrastructures, such as ELIXIR, the open source Informatics for
Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) platform, and federated query
tools, such as the Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE).

The increasing availability of "big data", coming from high-throughput
analytical techniques, large clinical data repositories, the biomedical
literature and online resources, offers exciting opportunities to
researchers, but also poses new integration challenges.

DILS 2012 is the 8th in a series on international conferences that aim
at fostering discussion, exchange, and innovation in research and
development in the areas of data integration and data management for the
life sciences. Researchers and professionals from biology, medicine,
computer science and engineering are invited to share their knowledge
and experience.


Topics of Interest

DILS provides a forum for the discussion of various aspects of data
integration in the life sciences, including challenges and technical
solutions to address them, as well as applications to biomedical
problems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Architectures and data management techniques for the life sciences
* Query processing and optimization for biological data
* Biological data sharing and update propagation
* Query formulation assistance for scientists
* Modeling of life sciences data
* Biomedical data integration issues in eScience
* Laboratory information management systems in biology (including
workflow systems)
* Quality assurance in integrated data repositories
* Biomedical metadata management (including provenance)
* Mining integrated life sciences data and text resources
* Standards for biomedical data integration and annotation
* Scientific results arising from innovative data integration solutions
* Exposing biomedical data for integration purposes (APIs, Linked Open
Data, SPARQL endpoints)
* Creation and use of clinical data repositories
* Data integration in clinical and translational research
* Integration of genotypic and phenotypic data
* Challenges and opportunities with "big data" in the life sciences
* Ethical, legal and social issues with biomedical data integration


Submission Guidelines

* Research papers

Authors are invited to submit original contributions of practical
relevance and technical rigor, experience reports and demonstrations of
relevance to data integration in the life sciences. DILS 2012 invites
two types of research papers:

     1. Long papers (up to 16 pages) -- to present results of original
research
     2. Short papers (up to 8 pages) -- to present ongoing research

(Papers describing commercial solutions are welcome as long as
sufficient detail of the problem and its technical solution are provided.)

The proceedings of DILS will be published by Springer in Lecture Notes
in Bioinformatics. Detailed instructions for preparing the camera-ready
copy of your paper are available in Springer's LNCS Author and Volume
Editor Instructions
(http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs/lncs+authors?SGWID=0-40209-0-0-0). The 


authors of the best papers will be recognized at the conference and
invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a journal.

* Posters and demonstrations

In addition to research papers, DILS welcomes posters and
demonstrations. A one-page abstract should be submitted. Posters and
demos will be presented in the poster/demo session at the conference.
The poster/demo abstracts are not part of the proceedings, but will be
published on the DILS web site.


Please submit your paper using the DILS 2012 EasyChair site:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dils2012


Important dates

- Abstract submission:   February 13, 2012 (for all research papers)
- Research papers due:   February 20, 2012
- Author notification:   March 19, 2012
- Poster/demo due:       April 2, 2012
- Camera-ready copy due: April 9, 2012
- Conference:            June 28-29, 2012
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