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ODLS 2016 – Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences

Workshop of the GI/GMDS SIG Informatics and Life Sciences
Integrated 7. Workshop Data in Life Sciences and Ontologies in Biomedicine und Life Sciences (OBML)

September 29-30, 2016, Halle (Saale), Germany


Call for Participation

When and Where?

  • September 29–30, 2016
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle (Saale), Germany
    • address: Weinberg 3, 06120 Halle, Germany      (cf. directions, building N on the campus map there)
    • room: Weinberg Campus site, Kurt Moothes Saal    (access requires registration at the IBP reception at the IPB main entrance)

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PDF DocumentSchedule, Talk Instructions & Proceedings

Keynote Speaker(s)

Johannes Huebner

Robert Stevens

Accepted Submissions

(listing according to author notification on Aug 25, 2016; ordered by surnames of first authors)


Extended Abstracts

Scope and Goals

Medicine, biology and life sciences produce hardly manageable and comprehensible amounts of data, information, and knowledge. Their computer-based retrieval, processing, integration, as well as their conceptual foundation, interpretation and application presents ever new challenges to existing methods of knowledge representation, data bases, and data analysis. In the life sciences, enormous data sets are being produced in connection with biological and medical experiments, aiming to unravel biological interconnections for a better understanding in order to offer patients the best possible therapies. Data management and data processing in the life sciences ranges from the best possible integration and usage of distributed, heterogeneous data to the best possible obfuscation of medical data.

This integrated workshop covers the overall spectrum of biomedical information management, from experimental data acquisition and preprocessing, across analysis, structuring and interpretation of data, up to developing structured representations of knowledge, in particular in the form of ontologies, with their various applications. The aims of this workshop are to exchange ideas, to discuss new results and applications as well as to inspire cooperation. The workshop has an interdisciplinary character. It fosters the collaboration between ontologists, computer scientists, bio-informaticians, medical information scientists, applied logicians, as well as the cooperation with physicians, bio-chemists, and biometricians. Scientists, professionals as well as students in academia and industry are welcome to share knowledge and experience at ODLS.

Important Dates

Submission of contributions Wed, June 22, 2016
Author notification Thu, August 25, 2016
Submission of camera-ready version Thu, September 15, 2016     ! strict, UTC-12 !
Registration for ODLS Sun, September 18, 2016 *
Workshop Thu-Fri, September 29–30, 2016

* At least one author of each accepted submission must register by September 18, 2016.


For registration, please send an email to and pay the contribution towards expenses by bank transfer (see below).

In the email one should be able to read / find the following information:

The registration period opened on Thursday, September 01, 2016. Registrations and, if necessary, cancellations shall be made by Sunday, September 18, 2016, please.

Concerning the presentation of accepted submissions it is expected that at least one of the authors will participate in the workshop. Presenting authors should register as early as possible and should specify which paper they will present.

Interested parties (without contribution to any submission) are equally welcome to participate.

Contribution towards Expenses

RecipientLeibniz Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie
IBANDE71 8009 3784 0001 0107 35
Financial InstituteVolksbank Halle, Saale
SubjectODLS 2016, <name>

If you need any further information, please contact .

Accommodation and Travel Information

We can hint at the following accommodation options. Prices etc. are only indicative, but not guaranteed.


Further accommodation options:

Further Travel Hints

Maps and Directions

Transport to/from/in Halle (Saale)


Call for Papers


Submissions to the workshop can be abstracts of 1–2 pages or papers of 4–6 pages (any such length is equally welcome; 6 pages is the strict maximum, including references).
Contributions in English are highly recommended, but submissions in German can also be accepted. Besides original submissions, abstracts on work accepted for and possibly already presented at other events can likewise be accepted.

The preferred file format for submissions is PDF, other admitted formats are Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX) and Postscript (PS). Please use the corresponding template for submissions, either the Microsoft Word template or the LaTeX template, for which there is a sample file. (NB: The Word template has been substantially revised for ODLS 2016 and there is a minor change in the LaTeX sample file, while the LaTeX template is unchanged since 2010. For more details or for originally related files, see the ODLS series page.)

Contributions must be submitted via the EasyChair conference system at .

Accepted abstracts and papers will be made available electronically by the date of the workshop. After the workshop, authors of selected submissions will be invited to submit revised and extended versions to the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBSM). These manuscripts must then be written in English and will be re-reviewed.


The following topics are of (equal) relevance for the workshop. Submissions regarding other related topics are likewise welcome.

e.g. of time and space, properties, roles, functions, material objects




The workshop is hosted by the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle (Saale), Germany.

Local co-organizers:

Program Committee


The organizers acknowledge generous sponsorship by OntoChem IT Solutions, Halle (Saale), Germany.

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