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Deadline Approaching - 6th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2013)

From: M. Scott Marshall <mscottmarshall@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:12:16 +0200
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** PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 22, 2013 **

Call for papers

 6th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for
the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2013) Edinburgh, UK  Dec. 9-12, 2013




- Keynote: IBM Corporation: IBM Watson: Improving care for complex
diseases by David A. Kerr, Director, Watson for Healthcare

- Keynote: Prof. Frank van Harmelen, VU University, Amsterdam

- Hackathon at Edinburgh Informatics Forum with clinical data and challenges

    Join discussion now:

- Tutorials:

    RDF linked data at the European Bioinformatics Institute

    Applying Semantic Web Technologies in Clinical Care and Clinical
Research: An Update from the Perspective of Strength, Weaknesses,
Opportunities, and Threats

    The COEUS Platform



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), and Paris
(2012). 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 Edinburgh, UK, December
9-12, 2013, preceded by tutorials and followed by hackathon /

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, 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 health care and the life



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. At the same time, the variety and complexity of
biomedical information call for Semantic Web solutions.  The Semantic
Web provides a set of interoperable standards that support knowledge
representation, ontology development, machine reasoning, distributed
information resources, and collaborative research environments.
Altogether, the adoption of the Web-based semantic technologies in
health care and the life sciences has potential impact on the future
of 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

- 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.: RDF, OWL,

SKOS, SPIN, RuleML, Microformats)

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


- 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 2013 will be published in CEUR Workshop
proceedings (http://ceur-ws.org/).

(see DBLP for the SWAT4LS proceedings of the last years:


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.



Submission opening:                     July 10, 2013

Expression of interest for tutorials:             August 5, 2013

Papers submission deadline (abstracts):         September 15, 2013

Papers submission deadline (full text):        September 22, 2013

Posters and demos submission deadline:         October 18, 2013

Communication of acceptance:             November 4, 2013

Camera ready paper:                     November 18, 2013

Tutorials                          Mon, December 9, 2013

Workshop                           Tues, December 10, 2013

Hackathon                            Wed-Thu, December 11-12, 2013



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



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
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