The Call for papers is closed.
The NETTAB 2007 workshop is focused on the Semantic Web and its
possible use in support to Bioinformatics.
Please note however that, starting from this edition, NETTAB workshops
will also include special sessions devoted both to the general
theme of the series of workshops, i.e. "Network Tools and Applications
in Biology", and on further topics selected by local organizers.
The workshop is organized in sessions and open discussions. In the main focus sessions, invited speakers will present the state of art of the session's topic, while a number of submissions will be accepted for oral presentations and posters on all topics.
NETTAB 2007 Call for Papers
Rationale for the Main Focus Sessions
Biological information is increasing at an impressive rate. An integrated access to this huge amount of information requires complex searching and retrieval software. In particular, the integration activity is concerned with how to link data, how to select and extract information and how to pipe retrieval and analysis steps. This automated approach requires the adoption of new technologies and tools and their applications in the bioinformatics domain.
Some reference points have already been assessed or are emerging: the adoption of XML schemas for information models' specification, the definition of XML based languages for data representation and exchange, the implementation of Web Services for automated access to analysis tools and dat , the creation of computerised pipelines and workflows for the definition and the execution of basic and complex analysis. Workflow enactment portals can bring added value, allowing also non expert researchers to have analysis automation at their disposal.
However, while these first steps towards data integration and processes automation have been made, little has been made for supporting semantic integration. What we need are shared definitions of knowledge domains, i.e. ontologies, association of biological concepts to existing data, metadata information describing information sources and search tools able to make the best use of this additional information.
The definition of ontologies and their application to software and database tools may be seen as a first, needed attempt to organize the information, overcoming heterogeneity of data structures. But the problem of associating the information sources and the huge amount of data with concepts defined in these ontologies is a big one. The addition of semantic contents in current databases would give an essential contribution to the best integration of distributed biological information.
The development of metadata for biological information, on the basis of Semantic Web standards, and its definition for all information sources can also be seen as a promising approach for a semantic based integration of biological information. Text mining is of a fundamental importance since literature still is the most relevant information source in biomedical research. It is the most clear example of an unstructured information source whose content should be integrated with structured data in order to be fully exploited.
This workshop aims at getting together biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and linguists to try to answer the following questions:
The workshop also intends to:
Focus topics of the NETTAB 2007 workshop will be all technical and
organizational issues related to the Semantic Web for bioinformatics,
including standards, technologies, tools, applications, examples
of use, advantages and drawbacks and perspectives.
The following list is not meant to be exclusive of any further
topics as stated above.
Goals and Topics of adjunct focus themes
Algorithms in Bioinformatics
Formal Methods for Systems Biology
The Formal Methods for Systems Biology sub-focus is aimed at collecting contributions concerning the development of new formal methods -or the application of existing formal methods- to describe behavior and properties of biological systems. Particular interest is placed on the formal description of the minimal requirements for a biological viable organism, and on the formalization of complete self-sustaining biological cells.
Type of contributions
Exact types of contributions and related authors' instructions will be available on the official launch of the Call. Presently, the following possible contributions are sought:
Selected papers will also be published in a Special Issue of BioMed Central's BMC Bioinformatics (see http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcbioinformatics/) one of the most important peer reviewed bioinformatics journals.
The following deadlines are subject to changes.
All papers and posters must be submitted through the
MyReview submission system.
The papers will be reviewed by the members of the Programme Committee. They will decide whether the paper is accepted for the workshop only or for publication in BMC Bioinformatics as well.
The workshop will engage itself to pay part of the cost of the publication, but please be advised that depending on the final budget of the workshop you could be requested to contribute to publication costs which has been set to 600 British pounds per paper.
For any further information or clarification, please contact the organization by email at email@example.com .
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