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CFP: Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2011) - Deadline October 7th

From: Adrian Paschke <adrian.paschke@gmx.de>
Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2011 10:08:58 +0200
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                   Call for Papers


          4th International Workshop on 

  Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences 

                   SWAT4LS 2011

             <http://www.swat4ls.org/2011/> http://www.swat4ls.org/2011/

            Dec 7th-9th, 2011, London, UK


    In cooperation with ACM SIG Bioinformatics, W3C


 ++++ Submission Deadline in one Week - Oct 7, 2011   ++++




* Proceedings will be published and listed in the ACM ICP Series    *

* SWAT4LS in cooperation with the ACM SIG Bioinformatics            *

* SWAT4LS supported by W3C                                          *

* Journal Special Issue for extended and revised accepted papers    *

* Program includes Hackathon, Tutorials, Keynotes, Demos, Panel     *

* http://www.swat4ls.org/workshops/london2011/scientific-programme/ *

* Sponsored by BBSRC, NCBO, BioMed Central                          *







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 Biomedical Informatics and
Computational Biology.


Growing steadily each year as Semantic Web applications become more
widespread, SWAT4LS has been in Edinburgh 2008, Amsterdam 2009, and Berlin
2010, with London planned for 2011. The last edition of SWAT4LS was held in
Berlin, on December 10th, 2010 with more than 100 attendees. It was preceded
by two days of tutorials and other associated events.


We are confident that the next edition of SWAT4LS will provide the same open
and stimulating environment that continues to bring together researchers,
both developers and users, from domains spanning health care, life sciences,
clinical research and translational medicine, to discuss goals, current
limits and real experiences in the use of Semantic Web technologies in Life





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 supporting
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 a potential impact on
the future of publishing, scientific communication, and biomedical research.
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 serve as a showcase for
experiences, information resources, tools development and applications.





Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


- Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web


o Semantic Web standards and new proposals (e.g.: RDF, OWL, SKOS, SPIN,

o Tools for ontology management, editing and versioning

o RDF stores, Reasoners, query and visualization systems

o Formal approaches to large biomedical knowledge bases

o Tools for semantic-enabled web publication

o Alternative approaches to integrate semantic representations and web based


- Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics


o Biomedical knowledge bases on the Semantic Web

o EHR and clinical research data interoperability and reuse

o Clinical data pipelines for supporting tailored therapy and molecular

o Tracking genotype and phenotype assertions with provenance

o Semantic biomedical Web Services

o Semantics aware Biological Data Integration Systems

o Semantic-enabled biomedical information systems and solutions

o Linked Data for biomedical research, drug development and discovery


- Existing and prospective applications of the Semantic Web for


o Semantic Wikis

o Semantic collaborative research environments

o Semantic crowdsourcing and collective intelligence

o Alternative approaches to biomedical metadata generation and management

o Case studies, use cases, and scenarios


Type of contributions



The following possible contributions are sought:


- Research papers

- Position papers

- Posters

- Software demos





Accepted papers will be published as proceedings in the ACM ICP Series (The
publication will be available under the following ISBN number:


Special issue



Authors of accepted contributions to the upcoming edition of SWAT4LS will be
invited to submit an extended and revised version of their contributions for
a special issue of an international peer-reviewed scientific journal (under
definition, special issues of SWAT4LS have appeared in the past in BMC
Bioinformatics and in the BMC Journal of Biomedical Semantics.)





- Papers submission deadline: 7 October 2011

- Posters and demo submission deadline: 31 October 2011

- Communication of acceptance: 7 November 2011

- Camera ready: 21 November 2011





All papers and posters must be in English, formatted according to ACM IPCS
guidelines (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) and
submitted in pdf format.


- Submissions for papers should report original research, and should be
between 4 and 8 pages.

- Submissions for position papers should report qualified opinions,
recommendations or conclusions, and should be between 1 and 3 pages.

- Submissions for posters should be between 1 and 2 pages.

- Submissions for software demo proposals should also be between 1 and 2





All submissions are 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 Committee.

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