Deadline 13 Oct. - Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences Workshop


                           International Workshop on

Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS)

                     28th November 2008, Edinburgh, UK


                                      Call for Papers


Submission deadline: 13 October 2008!


A selection of papers will be published in a BMC Bioinformatics supplement
devoted to the workshop




The workshop is organized in sessions and open discussions. Invited speakers
will present state-of-theart,

provocative lectures on the workshop's main topic, while a number of
submissions will be accepted as

oral presentations and posters on all workshop's topics.


Workshop Description


Semantic Web technologies, tools and applications are starting to emerge in
Life Sciences. In recent

years, systems have been introduced and an increasing interest among
researchers is arising. 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 showcase experiences, information resources, tools development and
applications. It will bring

together researchers, both developers and users, from the various fields of
Biology, Bioinformatics and

Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and some real use cases
for Semantic Web

technologies in Life Sciences.


Keynote Speakers


+ Semantic web technology in translational cancer research,

Michael Krauthammer, Department of Pathology, Yale University School of
Medicine, USA

+ Using Ontologies to bring Web Services on to the Semantic Web

Mark Wilkinson, Dept. of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia,


Workshop Venue and Format


The workshop will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 28 November 2008,
and is hosted by the e-

Science Institute of the UK's National e-Science Centre (NeSC).

SWAT4LS will be a one-day workshop and will consist of two invited talks,
regular paper and poster

presentations. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion on the
strength and weaknesses of the

Semantic Web for the Life Sciences.




* Submission deadline (both papers and posters): 13 October 2008

* Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2008

* Camera-ready submission: 3 November 2008


Topics of Interest


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web

o Semantic Web standards (RDF, OWL, ...)

o RDF/OWL, SKOS, .... and their applicability to bioinformatics

o RDF Schemas and Query systems

o Biomedical Ontologies and related tools

o Formal approaches to large biomedical controlled terminologies

and vocabularies

* Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics

o Bio-ontologies, RDF stores, Semantic Web Services

o RDF repositories and query systems for life sciences

o Semantically aware biomedical Web Services

o Semantic Biological Data Integration Systems

* Existing and perspective applications of the Semantic Web for

o Semantic browsers, Semantic collaborative research

o Case studies, use cases, and scenarios

o Semantic Web applications in life sciences


Type of contributions and instructions


The following possible original contributions are sought:

* Oral communications (regular papers)

* Posters

* Software demos


All contributions must be in English and must be submitted through the
EasyChair review system at:

Please upload all submissions as PDF files in LNCS format (see ).

To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by
at least three members of the

Scientific Committee.

* Submissions for Oral communications should be between 10 and 15 pages.

* Posters submissions should be between 4 and 8 pages.

* Software demo proposals should also be between 4 and 8 pages.


All accepted oral communications and posters will be published with the Workshop

Proceedings service (see


Furthermore, a selection of papers will be published in a special issue of
the BMC Bioinformatics journal

devoted to the SWAT4LS workshop.


To this end, a special Call will be launched shortly after the workshop, for
extended and revised versions

of contributions submitted to the workshop and accepted either as oral
communication or poster.

For any information, refer to .


Workshop Chairs


+ Albert Burger, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt
University, and Human

Genetics Unit, Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

+ Adrian Paschke, Corporate Semantic Web, Free University Dresden, Germany

+ Paolo Romano, Bioinformatics, National Cancer Research Institute, Genova,

+ Andrea Splendiani, Medical Informatics Department, University of Rennes 1,
Rennes, France


Programme Committee


+ Giulio Armano, University of Cagliari, Italy

+ Christopher Baker, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore

+ Pedro Barahona, New University of Lisboa, Portugal

+ Liliana Barrio-Alvers, Transinsight GmbH, Germany

+ Virendra C. Bhavsar, University of New Brunswick, Canada

+ Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA

+ Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, University of Machester, United Kingdom

+ Werner Ceusters, University at Buffalo, USA

+ Kei Cheung, Yale Center for Medical Informatics, USA

+ Marie-Dominique Devignes, LORIA, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France

+ Michel Dumontier, Carleton University, Canada

+ C. Maria Keet, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

+ Graham Kemp, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

+ Jacob Tilman Koehler, University of Troms°, Norway

+ Ludwig Krippahl, New University of Lisboa, Portugal

+ Patrick Lambrix, Link÷ping University, Sweden

+ Phillip Lord, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom

+ M. Scott Marshall, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

+ Lyndon Nixon, STI International, Austria

+ Stephan Philippi, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

+ Alan Ruttenberg, Science Commons, USA

+ Matthias Samwald, DERI, Galway, Ireland, and Semantic Web Company, Austria

+ Nigam Shah, Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, USA

+ Michael Schr÷der, TU Dresden, Germany

+ Robert Stevens, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

+ Luca Toldo, Merck Serono, Germany

+ Tetsuro Toyoda, RIKEN, Japan

+ Jano van Hemert, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom



In Co-operation with:

- National Cancer Research Institute, Genova, Italy

- Biotechnology Centre, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany

- School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

- UniversitÚ de Rennes 1, Rennes, France

- e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

- SeaLife Project, European Commission Information Society and Media

- Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Technologies in Bioinformatics (LITBIO),



Received on Thursday, 9 October 2008 09:55:08 UTC