NETTAB 2012 Logo Como Lake NETTAB 2012 workshop focused on
Integrated Bio-Search
November 14-16, 2012, Como, Italy

NETTAB workshops are held under the patronage of
Bioinformatics Italian Society and EMBnet
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New! Call for Late posters and software demonstrations

A Call for late posters and software demonstration at next NETTAB 2012 workshop has been launched. Software demonstations wil be held in parallel to the poster session. We won't be able to accept many demonstration proposals. We apologize in advance for this.

Submit your late poster or software demonstration abstract by email to nettab2012 @ .
Deadline: October 30, 2012.

Instructions for the preparation of the abstract are included in the following MS Word template.
Please, download, rename and use this template to write your abstract!

The length of abstracts for late posters and software demonstrations should be between 1 and 3 pages, including no more than one table or figure. Abstracts for late posters should normally include the following sections: Motivation and Objectives, Methods, Results and Discussion, References. Abstracts for software demonstrations should also include a short description of the software that it is intended to be presented and the requirements for the presentation, if any.

All late poster abstracts will be evaluated by the Workshop's Chairs on the basis both of their relevance for the workshop's topics and of their contents. Authors will receive communication of poster acceptance or rejection.
All software demonstration abstracts will be evaluated by the Workshop's Chairs on the basis both of their relevance for the workshop's topics and the actual interest of giving the demonstration at the workshop. Authors will receive communication of demonstration acceptance or rejection. Demonstrations may be accepted as demonstration and poster as well as poster only.

Accepted late poster and software demonstration abstracts won't be included in the Proceedings of the workshop, but they will be printed and distributed to all participants. Accepted late poster abstracts will be allowed to submit to the special Call for papers for post-workshop publication on a devoted BMC Bioinformatics Supplement.

NETTAB 2012 Call for Papers


NETTAB 2012 is the twelfth in a series of international workshops on Network Tools and Applications in Biology
NETTAB workshops are aimed at presenting and discussing emerging ICT technologies whose adoption in support of biology could be of particular interest. Since 2001, many different topics were discussed, including:

  • 2001: XML standardization for data integration,
  • 2002: multi agent systems,
  • 2005: computerised workflows,
  • 2006: web services,
  • 2007: the semantic web,
  • 2009: collaborative research and development,
  • 2010: biological wikis,
  • 2011: clinical bioinformatics.
Workshops include focused sessions devoted to tools and systems, applications and perspectives. Keynote lectures introduce the sessions' topics, and are followed by presentations selected from among the submitted contributions. Discussion is a key factor, both within sessions and in a special Panel Discussion. Tutorials and poster sessions complete the agenda of the NETTAB workshops.


The data deluge of the current post-genomic era is providing scientists with potentially very valuable information, but it makes difficult to find and extract from the increasing available high-throughput Omics data those information that are most reliable and most related to the biomedical questions to be answered. Such questions are increasingly complex and they often simultaneously regard many heterogeneous aspects of an organism, tissue, cell and the role of all biomolecular entities. Several of these questions can be addressed only by comprehensively searching different types of data, which generally are distributed in many heterogeneous sources. Usually, scientists explore these data by using the individual search services and tools available in Internet and they then struggle in combining the essential information in order to answers their global questions.

Searching and combining for all open and linked data and algorithmic sources has the potential of reshaping the scenario of current bioinformatics applications, going beyond the capabilities of conventional tools, Web services and existing search engines. Yet, it also presents new technological challenges.

Solving data integration and automatic extraction problems requires new solutions, including the use of universal URIs, efficient indexing, partial or approximate value matching, rank aggregation, continuous or push-based search, exploratory methods and context-aware paradigms, collaborative and social search, and building new efficient information retrieval approaches, based on automatization of workflows too.

NETTAB 2012 will be focused on "Integrated Bio-Search", which includes all aspects that relate to technologies, methods, architectures, systems and applications for searching, retrieving, integrating and analyzing data, information, knowledge, infrastructures, services and tools that are required to answer complex bio-medical-molecular questions.


We are looking for abstracts on all aspects of data integration search in biomedicine. These include methods, algorithms, tools, platforms and applications for creation, syntactic and semantic management, integration, query, retrieval, and mining of Omics, biological and clinical data information and knowledge. The following list is not meant to be exclusive of any further topics as stated above.
Submitted contributions should address one or more of the following topics:

Syntactic and semantic methods and algorithms for biological and clinical
  • Data and knowledge management,
  • Information and knowledge extraction,
  • Data and knowledge integration,
  • Data and knowledge query,
  • Data, information and knowledge retrieval,
  • Data and knowledge mining.
  New and optimized technologies for:
  • Biomedical federated databases,
  • Data warehouses,
  • Triple stores,
  • Biomedical Data Mining,
  • Terminologies and Ontologies,
  • Systems' interoperability,
  • Natural Language Processing,
  • Automatic workflow processing.
Tools and platforms for:
  • Molecular data management and storage,
  • Deep sequencing analysis,
  • Omics data computing,
  • Search Computing,
  • Decision Support,
  • Clinical bioinformatics.
  Useful applications of above methods, technologies and tools for:
  • Biomedical and clinical knowledge assessment,
  • Biomedical and clinical knowledge integration,
  • Biomedical and clinical knowledge discovery,
  • Biomedical and clinical knowledge validation,
  • Drug Design, Diagnosis support, Prognosis support,
  • Personalized medicine.

Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought: Oral communications, Posters, Industrial-Technological communications.

Industrial-technological communications are meant to allow the presentation of methodological, scientific and technological issues of industrial products and tools that are already available from companies and research groups, as well as their actual implementation, application domains, and related results. They must not convey any commercial message. They will be included in a devoted Session.


The following deadlines are still provisional and thus subject to changes.

  • August 7, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for Oral communications
    • September 18, 2012: Notification of acceptance for Oral communications (expected)
  • September 20, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for the Industrial-Technological Session
    • September 27, 2012: Notification of acceptance for the Industrial-Technological Session
  • September 30 October 3, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for Posters
  • New! October 16 October 18, 2012: Early registration deadline
  • November 14-16, 2012: Tutorials and Workshop


Submit your contribution through the EasyChair system at

Instructions for the preparation of the abstract have been included within the following MS Word template: Nettab2012_abstractTemplate_final.doc.
Please, download, rename and use this template to write your abstract!
NB! This is a revised version, please check that you are using the last version before submitting!

The length of all abstracts, both for oral communications and for posters, should be between 2 and 3 pages, including no more than one table or figure. They should include the following sections: Motivation and Objectives, Methods, Results and Discussion, References.
All contributions for oral communications will be evaluated by at least two referees.
All posters will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance for the workshop's topics and contents by the Workshop's Chairs. Authors will receive communication of poster acceptance together with information for poster size and hang up shortly after the poster submission deadline

Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to download, print, compile, and sign the EMBnet.journal copyright and license agreement (see below for further information on this agreement). The signed document should then be scanned and the PDF file should be uploaded to EasyChair as attachment.

Instructions for the preparation of posters
Maximum size of posters is standard A0, i.e. 84 by 119 cm (33.1 inches by 46.8 inches).
Posters will be hanged up by using drawing pins, that will be provided by the organization.


Proceedings of the NETTAB 2012 workshop has been published
Proceedings of the NETTAB 2012 workshop have been published on the EMBnet.journal, Volume 18, Supplement B.
The Supplement is available online at the following address:

Full papers from abstracts presented at NETTAB 2012 will be published in a Supplement of BMC Bioinformatics, one of the leading bioinformatics journals. BMC Bioinformatics is a peer-review, open access journal. Its Impact Factor for 2010 is 3.029.
To this aim, a special Call for papers, restricted to oral communications and posters presented at the NETTAB 2012 workshop, will be launched around end of 2012.

Publication of abstracts in the Proceedings of the workshop requires the signature of the EMBnet.journal copyright and license agreement by one of the authors. This only refers to the abstract and does not preclude in any way the following publication of extended versions in any journal. The main clauses of the agreement are the following:

  • The abstract must be original, unpublished in any other peer-reviewed journal, and not under consideration by any other journal,
  • Authors retain the copyright. They ONLY grant the journal the right of first publication
  • The work is simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, that allows others to share the work ONLY with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and of the initial publication in the EMBnet.journal.
  • Authors may enter separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in the EMBnet.journal.
  • Authors are permitted to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process.

For any further information or clarification, please contact the organization by email at

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