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SWAT4LS Workshop

Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences

December 10th, 2010
Berlin, Germany

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Call for Papers


SWAT4LS is a workshop that provides a venue to present and discuss benefits and limits of the adoption of Semantic Web technologies and tools in biomedical informatics and computational biology. The first edition, held in Edinburgh in November 2008, received 40 submissions, of which 13 were accepted as oral communications, and part of them was included in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics dedicated to the workshop.
The second edition, held in Amsterdam in November 2009, received a total of 27 submissions, and presented a more varied program with 6 full papers, 3 keynotes, 5 demos, 3 short talks, posters session and a panel discussion. This edition has been evaluated unanoumosly well by participants and a special issue on the Journal of Biomedical Semantics dedicated to this workshop is in preparation.
The next edition of SWAT4LS will be held in Berlin, on the December 10th 2010.
We hope that the next edition of SWAT4LS will provide the same open and stimulating environment that brought together researchers, both developers and users, from the various fields of Biology, Bioinformatics and Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the use of Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences.


The web is a key medium for information publishing, and web based information systems play a key role in biomedical information exchange and integration. At the same time, the variety and complexity of biomedical information call for the adoption of semantic-based solutions. The Semantic Web provides a set of technologies and standards that are key to support semantic markup, ontology development, distributed information resources and collaborative social environemnts. Altogether the adoption of the web-based semantic-enabled technologies in the Life Sciences has potential impact on the future of publishing, biological research and medecine. 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.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Standards, Technologies, Tools for the Semantic Web
    • Semantic Web standards and new proposals (RDF, OWL, SKOS, Linked Data,… )
    • Biomedical Ontologies and related tools
    • Alternative approaches to integrate semantic representations and web based solutions
    • Formal approaches to large biomedical knowledge bases
  • Systems for a Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
    • RDF stores, Reasoners, query and visualization systems for life sciences
    • Semantic biomedical Web Services
    • Semantics aware Biological Data Integration Systems
  • Existing and prospective applications of the Semantic Web for Bioinformatics
    • Semantics aware application tools
    • Semantic Wikis
    • Semantic collaborative research environments
    • Case studies, use cases, and scenarios

Type of contributions

The following possible contributions are sought:

  • Research papers
  • Position papers
  • Posters
  • Software demos


All accepted communications will be published in the proceedings, either via the Workshop Proceedings service or via Nature Proceedings.

Special issue

Authors of accepted contributions to the upcoming edition of SWAT4LS will be invited to submit an extended and revised version of their contributions for a special issue in BMC Bioinformatics dedicated to SWAT4LS 2010


  • Expression of interest for hackathons and turorials: 28 June 2010
  • Submission openinig: 7 13 September 2010
  • Papers submission deadline: 1215 October 2010 (please submit an abstarct by October 12th, marking it as provisional)
  • Posters and demo submission deadline: 1 November 2010
  • Communication of acceptance: 8 November 2010
  • Camera ready: 21 November 2010


All papers and posters must be in English, formatted according to LNCS format ( and submitted in pdf format.

  • Submissions for papers should report orginal research, and should be between 8 and 15 pages.
  • Submissions for position papers should report qualified opinions, recommendations or conclusions, and should be between 3 and 6 pages.
  • Submissions for posters should be between 2 and 4 pages.
  • Submissions for software demo proposals should also be between 2 and 4 pages.


Submissions are now open !!!. All submissions are handled via the EasyChair submission system which is accessible at
To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Committee.


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