2nd Call for Papers: MedInfo 2007 Workshop: "What Semantics Do We Need for A Semantic Web for Medicine?" - deadline 9th July 2007


*** 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS ***

MedInfo 2007 Workshop: MedSemWeb 2007
What Semantics Do We Need for A Semantic Web for Medicine?
to be held in conjunction with MedInfo 2007
19th August 2007, Brisbane, Australia  

Workshop Chairs: 
Patty Kostkova, City ehealth Research Centre, Institute of Health Sciences,
City University, London, UK Robert Stevens, University of Manchester,
Manchester, UK

The objective of this workshop is to provide an informal forum for
researchers from academia, industry and health care institutions to present
their work on semantic resources related to healthcare, to share their
experience in order to bridge the gap between academic ontology research and
healthcare project needs.  We wish to explore the issues surrounding: The
different kinds of users of a semantic web for Healthcare for Life
Sciences/Medicine; what kinds of semantic resources suit each user group and
their needs? Do ontologies make any difference to clinical practice and
patient care? How can we better meet the clinical needs? What level of
ontological formality suit different user and computational needs? The
current research and massive financial investments into eHealth in countries
around the world to enable knowledge sharing across geographical location,
instant dissemination of the latest clinical evidence and seamless
integration of the clinical databases with patient electronic records have
shown partial success, however, the full integration at semantic level and
interoperability across organisations and knowledge sources have yet not
been achieved.  
Formal ontologies, thesauri, classification schemes, etc. will be essential
components that enable this vision as they describe, in various ways, the
entities and knowledge found in Web resources. The domain has developed such
semantic resources as Go, Mesh, Snomed CT, etc. The W3C has recommended
languages and vocabularies such as OWL, RDF, RDFS, and proposal such as
SKOS, etc. as representations for semantic resources, but how do communities
choose a formalism and migrate from one to another? What are the costs and
benefits? When do we need to choose a particular kind of representation?

Submission Date: 9th July 2007
Notification Date: 23rd July 2007
Camera Ready Date: 30th July 2007
Workshop Date: 19th August 2007

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