Since 2008, the SWAT4LS Workshop has provided a platform for the presentation and discussion of the benefits and limits of applying Web-based information systems and semantic technologies in the domains of health care and life sciences. Growing steadily each year as Semantic Web applications become more widespread, SWAT4LS has been in Edinburgh 2008, Amsterdam 2009, Berlin 2010, London (2011), Paris (2012), Aveiro (SWAT4LS School organized in 2012), Edinburgh (2013) and Berlin (2014).
In 2015 SWAT4LS changed format and has been organized as a 2 day conference ( Cambridge, 2015).
SWAT4LS aims at providing an open and stimulating environment that brings together researchers, both developers and users, from areas as diverse as eHealth, medical and clinical informatics, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, drug discovery, drug safety, systems biology, medical physics, data science, and biocomputing, to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the application of Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies to challenges in health care and life sciences. The meetings are typically very interactive and are accompanied by tutorials and a hackathon.
The next SWAT4LS will be held in Amsterdam, NL, 5-8th December 2016 and will be a full conference for the second time. SWAT4LS 2016 will comprise a tutorials day (5th), main conference (6th and 7th), and a Hackathon day (8th). All events will be held in the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.
The 2016 SWAT4LS conference is the eighth meeting in the series and will provide the same open, vibrant and well-organised environment that has previously brought together researchers, developers, and users, from many fields to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the use of Semantic Web technologies in health care and the life sciences.