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WOMBO 2011 : Workshop on Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies (at ICBO)


When Jul 26, 2011 - Jul 26, 2011
Where Buffalo, USA
Submission Deadline Apr 1, 2011
Notification Due Apr 30, 2011
Final Version Due Jun 10, 2011
Categories    ontology   knowledge representation   bioinformatics   workshop

Call For Papers

Call For Papers: Workshop on Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies

** 2 pages positions paper
** 4 pages max. extended abstracts
** 10 pages max. full papers

Workshop of the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2011)

26 July 2011, Buffalo, USA

++ Submission deadline: April 1, 2011 ++
++ Submission of short, longer ++
++ or position papers invited ++


The workshop intends to provide a report and discussion forum concerning aspects of working with multiple biomedical ontologies. Biomedical ontologies are often very large and nevertheless restricted to delineated domains (e.g. anatomy, cells, diseases, genes). Thus they present a dual challenge of managing their size and their adequation to an intended scope. As a result, a number of issues arise relating to the way biomedical ontologies may be either split or combined. In application contexts, similar issues present themselves when using ontologies in, for example, annotating large and diverse datasets or when reasoning with multiple ontologies covering connected domains. The workshop proposes to explore ways in which the rich diversity of biomedical ontologies can be combined and used, in particular, in multiple domain applications and at multiple scales.

Contributions on integration solutions for biomedical ontologies and their applications are invited. Submissions of paper presentations should be conducive to discussions and exchanges. Short papers, position papers as well as longer papers (see submission instructions for maximum length) on the following non-exhaustive list of topics are invited.

Topics (indicative)

* Combination of ontological terms from orthogonal ontologies

* Relations bridging divides between ontologies or between ontology terms

* Cross-products and generalisations

* Modularisation of large ontologies, especially through combination

* Reasoning with multiple, large ontologies

* Scope and domain specification of biomedical ontologies

* Theory, application and implementation for the above

* Lessons learnt from other domains than the biomedical one


The submission process for the workshop follows ICBO conference guidelines which can be found at Indications and instructions are summarised and adapted below.

* Position papers (up to 2 pages), short papers or extended abstract (up to 4 pages), full papers (up to 10 pages) are invited.

* Full papers: Papers are limited to 2500 words, not including abstract or references, and can be at most 10 pages inclusive in the conference format.

* Format: Submissions must be in PDF and follow the Information for LNCS Authors.

* Submission: Papers must be submitted through the ICBO Easychair website: The submission should be identified as a submission to the Workshop: Working with Multiple Biomedical Ontologies. Authors may feel free to notify the workshop organisers of their submission.

* Publication: The workshop's papers will be published with the conference proceedings.

Expressions of interest and clarification questions may be sent to the organisers at the following addresses:,

Important dates

* Initial submission: April 1, 2011
* Notification: April 30, 2011
* Camera-ready: June 10, 2011
* Workshop date: July 26, 2011


* George Gkoutos, University of Cambridge, UK
* Pierre Grenon, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

Programme Committee

* Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
* Bernard de Bono, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
* Robert Hoehndorf, University of Cambridge, UK
* Dave Lambert, Knowledge Media Institute, UK
* Phillip Lord, Newcastle University, UK
* Alan Ruttenberg, University at Buffalo, USA
* Uli Sattler, University of Manchester, UK
* Sarala Wimalaratne, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
* Michael Witbrock, Cycorp, Inc. and Cycorp Europe
* Frank Wolter, University of Liverpool, UK


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