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S4BioDiv 2013 : 1st International Workshop on Semantics for Biodiversity (S4BioDiv'13)


When May 26, 2013 - May 27, 2013
Where Montpellier, France
Abstract Registration Due Feb 24, 2013
Submission Deadline Mar 4, 2013
Notification Due Apr 1, 2013
Final Version Due Apr 15, 2013
Categories    semantic web   biology   ontologies   data integration

Call For Papers


1st International Workshop on

Semantics for Biodiversity (S4BIODIV)

Held in parallel with

the 10th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2013)

Montpellier, France, May 26/27, 2013


The semantic Web standards, tools, ontologies and related technologies have considerably grown in maturity in the recent years. Nowadays, accessing a wide catalog of biological, social, environmental, ecological data sources allows supporting the Biodiversity stakeholders to resolve their complex questions. Will the real time access to web resources efficiently support the definition of strategies to conserve and manage biodiversity? How semantic web technologies could help handling the complex and heterogeneous big data related to Biodiversity?

The workshop aims at indentifying the key challenges faced by the bioinformatics community, discuss the solutions and identify the opportunities emerging from the trans-disciplinary interactions (Plant Science – Informatics). Therefore, we expect the bioinformatics experts to explain how they apply semantic web standards and tools to their scientific topic, from Biology, Agro-ecology, Genomics, Environment, to Social Sciences, Citizen Sciences.

Research papers presenting various aspects of Semantic Web technologies applied to Biodiversity data, ranging from position papers to implemented systems description and their evaluation, will be selected. We are particularly interested by the use of the semantic technologies to design, develop systems that supports research on Biodiversity conservation and management for food security, (like the strategies for resilience to climate change pressure, sustainability of productive ecosystems, ecosystems services monitoring, territories management, etc.), rather than systems only supporting research on climate patterns, soil erosion, and the potential consequences on biodiversity.


Scientific themes of interest (include but are not limited to):
* sustainable agriculture,
* plant,
* health and habitat,
* relationship between plant-pests/pathogens,
* usages of plants by community,
* biodiversity conservation,
* ecosystems services,
* quality of biodiversity data.

Informatics technologies of interest (include but are not limited to):
* ontology applications,
* knowledge engineering,
* linked biodiversity data,
* remote sensors,
* mobile devices,
* vizualization tools,
* data mining.


Authors are invited to submit electronically original contributions in English. Authors must send a pre-submission abstract not exceeding 500 words at Authors will receive a mail indicating of their abstract has been selected by the Scientific Committee for a full paper submission.
Submitted papers should not exceed 15 pages for long papers and 8 pages for short papers and must be formatted according to the LNCS guidelines.
Submissions will only be accepted in the PDF format. Submissions must be realized through the easychair system at


Pre-submission inquiry deadline: February 24, 2013
Submission Deadline: March 4, 2013.
Notification: April 1, 2013
Camera ready: April 15, 2013.
Workshop day: May 26/27, 2013.


Proceedings of the workshop will be published online at CEUR Workshop Proceedings ( The best paper presented at the workshop will be included in the supplementary Springer LNCS proceedings of the ESWC2013 conference. Furthermore, a selection of papers presented at the workshop will be invited to be revised and extended version for a second peer-review process targeting publication in a referenced journal.


The workshop will take place in Montpellier, May 26/27, 2013.
Please visit the website for more information:


Pierre Larmande (IRD - UMR DIADE, France) (Chair)
Isabelle Mougenot (UMII – UMR Espace DEV, France)
Thérèse Libourel (UMII – UMR Espace DEV, France)
Clément Jonquet (UMII – LIRMM, France)


Elizabeth Arnaud (Bioversity International, France) (Chair)
Manuel Ruiz (CIRAD - UMR AGAP, France)
Pierre Bonnet (CIRAD - UMR AMAP, France)
Richard Bruskiewich (Bioversity International, Italy)
Pascal Neveu (INRA - UMR MISTEA, France)
Joel Sachs (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Julie Chabalier (Natural Solutions, France)
Cyril Pommier (INRA - URgi – Ephesis, France)
Mark Wilkinson (Polytechnic University of Madrid, and University of British Columbia)
Konstantin Todorov (UMII - UMR LIRMM, France)
Pankaj Jaiswal (Oregon State University, USA)
Xavier Sirault (CSIRO, Autralia)
Caterina Caracciolo (FAO , Italy)
Lieke Verhelst (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Damian Gessler (Iplant collaborative, USA)
Nikos Manouselis (Agro-Know, University of Alcala, Grece)
Éamonn Ó Tuama (GBIF, University of Copenhagen , Denmark)

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