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

From: Satya Sahoo <satya.sahoo@case.edu>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:16:25 -0500
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To: Provenance Working Group WG <public-prov-wg@w3.org>
Hi all,
Please note that provenance is a topic of interest.



 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



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
* 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
    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 (
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:

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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