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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 Papers

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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  • previous editions


  • authors of selected contributions will be invited
to submit extended versions to JBSM:   

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.


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

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

Please note:
* The deadlines include no room for extensions. Especially, the submission deadlines are specified as intended from the beginning, rather than declaring earlier dates in the first call and granting an (initially unknown) deadline extension later. At a more fine-grained level of specification, the submission deadline is Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 24:00 UTC-12|AoE, which corresponds to Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 12:00 UTC, 13:00 BST, and 14:00 CEST, for example. The link leads to conversions to any time zone.

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

< [Jun 19] Availability of late & on-site registration is expected to be announced at the end of August. >

Keynote Speaker(s)

Johannes Huebner

Robert Stevens




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

Local co-organizers:

Program Committee


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.

Call for Participation

Contribution towards Expenses


Registration for ODLS 2016 will mainly consist in sending an email and some form of payment indication. As of Aug 26, 2016, we need to ask for a few more days of patience until all exact details will here be specified. Unexpectedly, we face a delay in receiving indispensable information for that purpose. All efforts are made to resolve the problem as soon as possible.


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

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