lunedì 16 dicembre 2013

Announcing best papers awards

Here are the winner of the best papers award at the the sixth edition of SWAT4LS, held on Dec. 10th 3013 in Edinburgh.

The best paper (voted by the public) was:

Computing Identity Co-Reference Across Drug Discovery Datasets
Christian Y. A. Brenninkmeijer, Ian Dunlop, Carole Goble, Alasdair J. G. Gray, Steve Pettifer and Robert Stevens.
Presented by Alasdair J.G. Gray
It will be offered the possibility to publish a paper free of charge in the BMC Journal of Biomedical Semantics. It will be offered also a free license to Knowledge Explorer by IO-Informatics.

The second best paper was:
Nanopublications for exposing experimental data in the life-sciences: a Huntington’s Disease case study
Eleni Mina, Mark Thompson, Rajaram Kaliyaperumal, Jun Zhao, Kristina Hettne, Erik Schultes and Marco Roos.
Presented by Eelke van der Horst
It will be offered a free license to Knowledge Explorer by IO-Informatics.

sabato 30 novembre 2013

IO Informatics will offers prizes to best works at SWAT4LS-2013

From the IO Press release:



IO Informatics and the SWAT4LS (Semantic Web Applications & Tools for Life Sciences) conference committee are pleased to announce the awarding of prizes for the best works presented at the upcoming SWAT4LS conference that will take place in Edinburgh, December 9-12, 2013 (

First and second place for each of the two categories: “papers” and “posters or demos” will receive a copy of the IO Informatics’ Sentient Knowledge Explorer PRO.

Dr. Andrea Splendiani, co-Chair of SWAT4LS, said "We are delighted to have IO Informatics contributing to this year's meeting by providing their valuable software as awards.”

"IO is thrilled to be part of this premiere international conference and to honour scientific excellence within the semantic web community.  The semantic web is being recognized by researchers in academic and industrial sectors as a valuable method to meaningfully integrate data and to harvest knowledge from the resulting information,” said Bob Stanley, CEO of IO Informatics.

IO Informatics’ Sentient Knowledge Explorer PRO is the leading semantic integration power tool. It excels at the application of “top-down” ontology resources to “bottom-up” data import and ETL to provide the most efficient path to well-formed linked data suited to long-term interoperability while delivering integrated data applications quickly. It also gives the researcher a platform to visualize and easily query and explore the underlying knowledge contained in their data. (

In addition to providing the prizes, Charlie Mead, Senior Solutions Architect for IO, will be presenting a tutorial entitled: Applying Semantic Web Technologies in Clinical Care and Clinical Research: A SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)Perspective.  (  Dr. Mead is a widely known expert in life science data standards, the semantic web and its applications.  He is Co-Chair of the W3C HealthCare and Life Sciences Semantic Web Work Group and is a frequent speaker on the application and value of the semantic web.

lunedì 18 novembre 2013

The Scientific Program for SWAT4LS 2013 is finally out!

The Scientific Program for SWAT4LS 2013 is now out and available here.
It is still provisional, and some minor variations are possible in the list of presentations.
Anybody interested in attending, please register asap! We may need to close registration ahead of time (or introduce a last minute price) to cope with logistics issues!

mercoledì 13 novembre 2013

The tutorial schedule is out

The tutorial schedule of SWAT4LS 2013 has been finalized and it is available here.
In brief, the tutorial presented will be:

  • The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Semantic Web
  • The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF)
  • RDF linked data at the European Bioinformatics Institute
  • The COEUS Platform
  • Applying Semantic Web Technologies in Clinical Care and Clinical Research: A SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Perspective

giovedì 24 ottobre 2013

Announcing the RDFApp competition from EBI at SWAT4LS

EBI has announced an RDF App competition. They will be at SWAT4LS for an extensive tutorial, and then at the hackathon, where you can showcase (or develop?) your apps.

mercoledì 9 ottobre 2013

Registrations are open for SWAT4LS 2013

Registrations are open for SWAT4LS 2013 at
Early registration deadline is October 29th!

mercoledì 11 settembre 2013

First keynotes confirmed at SWAT4LS 2013

We have confirmed the first two keynotes at SWAT4LS-2013.

They will be Professor Frank Van Harmelen, of Free University of Amsterdam, and David Kerr, director of IBM Watson for Healthcare.

More news on this edition of SWAT4Ls will be coming soon!

venerdì 15 marzo 2013

SWAT4LS Journal of Biomedical Semantics Thematics Series CFP

Journal of Biomedical Semantics 

Dietrich Rebholz–Schuhmann (European Bioinformatics Institute)
Goran Nenadic (University of Manchester)

Editorial Board

Dear Colleague,

Journal of Biomedical Semantics, an open access journal that encompasses semantic enrichment and processing in biomedicine, is offering an exciting opportunity to attendees of the SWAT4LS 2012 Paris workshop. Attendees who presented a paper, poster or tutorial will receive a 20% discount off the article-processing charge when submitting an extended paper to the ‘Semantic technologies in healthcare and life sciences’ thematic series.

Why submit your manuscript?

Journal of Biomedical Semantics encompasses all aspects of semantic resources used for data integration, modelling, interpretation and exploitation in biomedical research. By submitting to the journal you will be able to take full advantage of:

  • Specialist peer review by experts in the field
  • Expert and prestigious Editorial Board
  • High visibility in an open-access journal

The deadline to submit is 3rd May 2013.

Please submit your manuscript via our online submission system, and state clearly in your covering letter that it is intended for the ‘Semantic technologies in healthcare and life sciences’ thematic series. For more information about the journal, contact us at or visit our instructions for authors.

Best wishes,

Andrea Splendiani (Digital Enterprise Research Institute)
Albert Burger (Heriot-Watt University)

giovedì 24 gennaio 2013

Proceedings of SWAT4LS are out

The proceedings for SWAT4LS 2012 have been published on CEUR and accessible at