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SWAT4LS 2014 December 9-11, Berlin, Germany

From: M. Scott Marshall <mscottmarshall@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:08:13 +0200
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Call for contributions

7th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the

Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2014) Berlin, Germany, Dec. 9-11th, 2014




Since 2008, the SWAT4LS Workshop 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 held in Edinburgh (2008),
Amsterdam (2009), Berlin (2010), London (2011), Paris (2012) and
Edinburgh (2013).

The next edition of SWAT4LS will be held in Berlin, Germany, on
December 9 - 11, 2014. It will be articulated in a tutorials day
(9th), a main workshop day (10th) and an hackathon day (11th).

We are confident that the next edition of SWAT4LS will provide the same open

and stimulating environment that has previously brought together researchers,

developers, and users, from various fields including eHealth,
biomedical and clinical informatics, radiation oncology, systems
biology, computational biology, drug discovery, bioinformatics and
biocomputing, to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences
with Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies in health care and the
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 data integration. The Semantic Web in particular provides a set of
interoperable standards and technologies that support knowledge
representation, ontology development, machine reasoning, data mining,
machine learning, distributed information resources, and collaborative
research environments.

The variety and complexity of biomedical information requires these
kind of technologies and altogether, the adoption of the Web-based
semantic technologies in health care and the life sciences is having
an impact on publishing, as well as biological and clinical research.

This workshop will provide a venue to present and discuss the benefits
and limits of adoption of these technologies. It will showcase
experiences, information resources, tool development and applications.
It will bring together researchers, both developers and users, from
biology, bioinformatics, computer science, and the clinic to discuss
goals, current limits and use cases for Semantic Web technologies.



Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Semantic interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and
clinical trial data

- Connecting clinical practice and clinical research

- Rapid Learning infrastructures for health care

- Enabling translational medicine and personalized medicine

- Interactive Knowledge Browsing and Semantic Web approaches to Big Metadata

- Harnessing biomedical ontologies and terminologies with medical
standards for information exchange

- Standards such as HL7, BRIDG, CDISC, DICOM, EN13606, ISO 18308,
openEHR, together with medical terminologies and ontologies such as
SNOMED, NCIt, LOINC, MedDRA, ICD, CTCAE, ATC for international
Continuity of Care Record (CCR) and transmural care

- Clinical Decision Support Systems

- Methods for reusing patient data in clinical research

- Patient recruitment, eligibility studies, and OWL/RDF models of
eligibility criteria

- Semantic Web standards and new proposals (e.g.: RuleML, RDF, OWL,
SKOS, SPIN, Microformats)

- Tools for ontology mapping, editing, annotation, versioning and
provenance management

- APIs and Tools for access to (distributed) knowledge bases

(e.g.multi-agents, rest apis, semantic web services, OMG API4KB)

- Semantic Scientific Workflows and eScience processes

- RDF stores, NoSQL, reasoners, query and visualization systems

- Knowledge representation for biomedical knowledge bases

- Applications of query federation for distributed knowledge, data
sharing, and data discovery

- Access control and data security for medical data

- Tools for semantics-enabled Web publication


Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought:

- Tutorials

- Research papers

- Position papers

- Posters

- Software demos



Proceedings of SWAT4LS 2014 will be published in CEUR Workshop proceedings



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 (tbc).



Submission opening: June 30th, 2014

Expression of interest for tutorials: August 5th, 2014

Papers submission (abstracts): September 7th, 2014

Papers submission deadline (full text): September 15th, 2014

Posters and demos submission deadline: September 30th, 2014

Communication of acceptance: October 27th, 2014

Camera ready paper: November 18, 2014

Tutorials   Tue, December 9, 2014

Workshop    Wed, December 10, 2014

Hackathon     Thu, December 11, 2014*

(*) the hackathon may be extended to one extra optional day, pending
confirmation of venues.



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


Please upload all submissions as PDF files based on the LNCS format




All submissions will be handled via the EasyChair submission system.


To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully
peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Program



Tutorial proposals consist of a brief description of the rationale for
the tutorial, its content and the experience of presenters, they
should be sent via email at info@swat4ls.org no later than August 5th.
However, tutorials will be accepted on an ongoing basis and we
encourage early submissions.



We offer a variety of sponsorship options. Interested parties are
invited to contact the organizers at info@swat4ls.org .
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