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[SWAT4LS 2012 Paris] Reminder: 1 week left for abstract submission

From: M. Scott Marshall <mscottmarshall@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:16:09 +0200
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Call for Papers

5th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for
the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2012)
http://www.swat4ls.org/workshops/paris2012

Papers accepted for this year's SWAT4LS will be invited to submit
revised and extended versions of their work to the BMC Journal of
Biomedical Semantics (it will appear as a regular paper in the
SWAT4LS/CSHALS thematic series, to be launched soon).

To foster the role of the workshop as a key venue for discussions and
for improving the research quality, we will pilot a new review process
by which participants' feedback on the workshop presentations will be
considered as part of the formal review of an eventual journal
publication. All participants will be invited to provide feedback
using a review form after the presentations: this will be taken into
consideration during the review process to improve the manuscript's
quality.

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 the domains
of health care and life sciences.
SWAT4LS has been in Edinburgh (2008), Amsterdam (2009), Berlin (2010)
and London (2011).
Growing steadily each year as Semantic Web applications have become
more widespread, the program of SWAT4LS has grown to include
associated events.
The next edition of SWAT4LS will be held in Paris, on November 30th
2012, and it will be preceded by two days of tutorials and hackathons.

We are confident that the next edition of SWAT4LS will provide the
same open and stimulating environment that previously brought together
researchers, developers, and users, from various fields including
biomedical informatics, systems biology, computational biology, drug
discovery, bioinformatics and biocomputing, to discuss goals, current
limits and real experiences in
the use of Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences.
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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 medicine. 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.
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Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web
Big Metadata
Semantic Web standards and new proposals (e.g.: RDF, OWL, SKOS, SPIN,
RuleML, Microformats)
Tools for ontology editing, annotation, versioning and provenance management
RDF stores, NoSQL, reasoners, query and visualization systems
Knowledge representation for biomedical knowledge bases
Query federation systems for distributed knowledge and data discovery
Tools for semantics-enabled web publication

Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
Biomedical knowledge bases on the Semantic Web
Semantic biomedical Web Services
Semantics-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
Methods for data sharing and open data
Approaches to data privacy and security
Case studies, use cases, and scenarios
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Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought:
. Research papers
. Position papers
. Posters
. Software demos
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Proceedings

Proceedings of SWAT4LS will be published in CEUR Workshop proceedings
(http://ceur-ws.org/).


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Special issue

Authors of accepted contributions to the upcoming edition of SWAT4LS will be
invited to submit to a special issue of the BMC Journal of Biomedical Semantics.

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Deadlines

Expression of interest for tutorials: 		5th July 2012 (closed)
Submission opening: 				3rd September 2012
Papers submission deadline (abstracts): 	28th September 2012
Papers submission deadline (full text):	9th October 2012
Early registration deadline: 			15th October 2012
Posters and demos submission deadline: 	22nd October 2012
Communication of acceptance: 		29th October 2012
PDF ready: 					23rd November 2012
Hackathon, Tutorials				28-29th November 2012			
Workshop day:				30th November 2012

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Instructions:

All papers and posters must be in English and submitted in pdf format.

Submissions for papers should report original research, and should be
between 8 and 15 pages.
Submissions for position papers should report qualified opinions,
recommendations or conclusions, and should be between 3 and 6 pages.
Submissions for posters should be between 2 and 4 pages.
Submissions for software demo proposals should also be between 2 and 4 pages.

Please upload all submissions as PDF files based on the LNCS format
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).
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Submission

All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system
(to be opened in the beginning of September).
To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully
peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Committee.

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