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Second Call for Papers to the International Workshop on

Submission deadline: Friday March 2, 2018, mid night Hawaii Time
Notifications: Friday March 30, 2018, mid night Hawaii Time
Camera-ready version: Friday April 13, 2018, mid night Hawaii Time
Workshop Date: 3rd or 4th June 2018


A study from EMC in 2014 predicts the doubling of the available data in the “Digital Universe” every two years between now and 2020. This rapid growth is a challenge for society – how to put the available data to use effectively? This is a challenge in many areas including Medicine and Life Sciences. Advanced technologies and the emerging Open Data phenomenon produce an ever-increasing amount of data, which needs to be interpreted and examined. To turn data into knowledge, data scientists need to effectively process, filter, interpret cluster and learn from the available data. This process currently is largely unsupported – data scientists are spending time and money on processing data, configuring infrastructure, writing code etc., which is a large loss of productivity and unexploited opportunities, if data scientists with the necessarily skills are available at all.

To meet these challenges technologies from different areas need to be combined which help to execute computationally demanding tasks. Linked Data and Semantic Web technologies, coming from a different direction, help to bring heterogeneous data sources together to exploit and make sense of different datasets and making it easier to process semantically heterogeneous data.

This workshop aims to accept papers that present the anatomy of large scale linked data infrastructure, which covers: the distributed infrastructure to consume, store and query large volumes of heterogeneous linked data; using indexes and graph aggregation to better understand large linked data graphs, query federation to mix internal and external data-sources, and linked data visualisation tools for health care and life sciences. It will further cover topics around data integration, data profiling, data curation, querying, knowledge discovery, ontology mapping / matching / reconciliation and data / ontology visualisation, applications / tools / technologies / techniques for life sciences and biomedical domain. Workshop aims to provide researchers in biomedical and life science, an insight and awareness about large scale data technologies for linked data, which are becoming increasingly important for knowledge discovery in the life sciences domain..


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies in the following areas:

  *   Techniques for analysing semantic data in the life sciences, medicine and health care
  *   The description, integration, analysis and use of data in pursuit of challenges in the life sciences, medicine and health
  *   Tools and applications for biomedical and life sciences
  *   Large scale biomedical data curation and integration
  *   Processing biomedical data at scale
  *   Knowledge representation and knowledge discovery for biomedical data
  *   Data publishing, profiling and new datasets in biomedical and life sciences
  *   Querying and federating data over heterogeneous datasources
  *   Biomedical ontology creation, mapping/ matching/ translation and reconciliation
  *   Biomedical Ontology and data visualisation
  *   Text analysis, text mining and reasoning using semantic technologies
  *   New technologies and exploitation of existing ones in Linked Data and Semantic Web
  *   Social and moral issues publishing and consuming biomedical and life sciences data.


Top selected manuscripts will be invited for submitting paper for the special call at "Journal of Biomedical Semantics"


Workshop accepts three types of submissions:

  1.  Full papers (up to 15 pages): Presenting novel scientific research pertaining to querying the Web of Data
  2.  Short papers (up to 8 pages):  Position papers, System and Dataset descriptions, relevant to the topics of interest.
  3.  Demo/Poster papers (up to 4 pages): Describe a demo or poster of a tool on the workshop topics.

Submissions must be in English formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions.

Workshop accepts PDF submissions only.

Papers should be submitted through the EasyChair system ( no later than midnight Friday March 2, 2018, Hawaii Time. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the workshop program committee. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.


Following is the list of (confirmed) program committee members not in any particular order:

  *   Oscar Corcho - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  *   Michel Dumontier - Maastricht University, Netherlands
  *   Qurratal Ain Fatimah - University Hospital Galway, Ireland
  *   Scott Marshall - Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands
  *   Holger Stenzhorn Saarland University Hospital, Germany
  *   Vit Novacek - Insight Centre, NUI Galway, Ireland
  *   Muhammad Saleem - AKSW- University of Leipzig, Germany
  *   Mikel Egaña Aranguren - Eurohelp Consulting , Spain
  *   Adrien Coulet - LORIA - INRIA Nancy-Grand Est, France
  *   Ratnesh Sahay - Insight Centre, NUI Galway, Ireland
  *   Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann - Insight Centre, NUI Galway, Ireland
  *   Claudia d'Amato - Università degli Studi di Bari
  *   Robert  Hoehndorf - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  *   Oya Beyan - RWTH Aachen University
  *   Jodi Schneider - University of Illinois
  *   Alasdair Gray - Heriot-Watt University


  *   Dr. Ali Hasnain, (ali.hasnain['at']<>)
 Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway
  *   Dr Oya Beyan - Fraunhofer FIT, RWTH Aachen University
  *   Prof. Dr Stefan Decker - RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer FIT
  *   Prof Dr. Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (chair), Insight Centre, NUI Galway, Ireland

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