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ODLS 2017 – Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences

Workshop of the GI/GMDS SIG Informatics and Life Sciences
Integrated 8. Workshop Data in Life Sciences and Ontologies in Biomedicine und Life Sciences (OBML),
part of the 3. Joint Workshops on Ontologies (JOWO)

September 22-23, 2017, Bolzano, Italy




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

Publication in JOWO 2017 Post-Proceedings & Separately in a Workshop Reader

We suggest the following citation:

Martin Boeker, Heinrich Herre, Ludger Jansen, Frank Loebe, Daniel Schober (eds.):
Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS 2017).
Part of: Stefano Borgo, Oliver Kutz, Frank Loebe, Fabian Neuhaus, Kemo Adrian, Mihailo Antović, Valerio Basile, Martin Boeker, Diego Calvanese, Tommaso Caselli, Giorgio Colombo, Roberto Confalonieri, Laura Daniele, Jérôme Euzenat, Antony Galton, Dagmar Gromann, Maria M. Hedblom, Heinrich Herre, Inge Hinterwaldner, Andrea Janes, Ludger Jansen, Kris Krois, Antonio Lieto, Claudio Masolo, Rafael Peñaloza, Daniele Porello, Daniele P. Radicioni, Emilio M. Sanfilippo, Daniel Schober, Rossella Stufano, Amanda Vizedom (eds.):
Proceedings of the Joint Ontology Workshops 2017 (JOWO 2017), Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, September 21–23, 2017.
CEUR Workshop Proceedings Vol. 2050, Aachen, Germany 2018.

Call for Participation

Where and When?

Schedule (of ODLS sessions)

The subsequent detailed schedule (status: Sep 22) covers only the ODLS-specific sessions of JOWO 2017. There is a printable version (PDF) as of Sep 21.
Please have a look at the JOWO 2017 program for shared program components and the overall embedding of ODLS into JOWO 2017.

Friday, Sep 22

Session 11:15-12:30 (Chair: F. Loebe)

Session 14:15-15:30 (Chair: D. Schober)

Saturday, Sep 23

Session 11:15-12:30 (Chair: L. Jansen)

Session 14:15-15:30 (Chair: M. Boeker)

Instructions for Presenters

This year we work with two time-slot types, differing in length. The assignment is based on the review scores received.

JOWO Joint Keynote Speakers

Keynote talks are held as joint sessions across the JOWO workshops.

Antonio Chella

Giancarlo Guizzardi

Alessandro Mosca

Todd Oakley

Call for Papers

Scope and Goals of the Workshop

Medicine, biology and life sciences produce hardly manageable and often incomprehensible amounts of data, information, and knowledge. Their computer-based retrieval, processing, integration, as well as their conceptual foundation, application, and reuse present ever new challenges to existing methods of knowledge representation, data bases, and data analysis and retrieval. In the life sciences, enormous data sets are being produced in connection with biological and medical experiments, e.g. by high-throughput methods, 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 range from the best possible integration and usage of distributed, heterogeneous data to the best possible obfuscation of medical data.

This 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, philosophers, and 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 their knowledge and experience at ODLS.

This year ODLS is part of the Joint Ontology Workshops (JOWO), which yields a stimulating environment of further thematically close workshops, including joint sessions such as shared keynote talks, thereby raising interdisciplinary exchange to a new level.


The following topics are all of equal relevance to the workshop, while the list is not exhaustive. Submissions regarding other related or similar topics are likewise welcome.

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

Important Dates

Submission of contributions Mon, July 17, 2017
Extended submission/registration: Fri, July 21, 2017*    (as of Jul 18)
Pre-review submission updates: Sat, July 29, 2017*   (as of Jul 18)
Author notification Fri, September 01, 2017
Registration for ODLS/JOWO ** Mon, September 11, 2017 for early registration fees (90–190 EUR),
thereafter late registration fees apply (110–220 EUR)
Submission of camera-ready versions Fri, September 15, 2017
ODLS Workshop
JOWO Workshops
Fri-Sat, September 22–23, 2017
Thu-Sat, September 21–23, 2017

Please note:
* Despite declaring no room for deadline extensions beforehand, three requests for ca. 2 weeks more time in combination with remaining capacity for possibly accepting more submissions than received so far, we now admit for some overlap of the submission phase and the review period in that authors can still update their contributions during the bidding phase (starting Jul 23) of the reviewing process. Hence, new submissions can be made or at least need to be registered with an abstract until Friday, Jul 21, 2017.
** At least one author of each accepted submission must register for JOWO in order to participate in ODLS. See for full registration information.




The workshop is hosted by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB) in Bolzano, Italy.

Local organizer:

Program Committee


Submissions to the workshop can be (i) extended abstracts of 2–5 pages OR (ii) papers of 6–12 pages. Any such length is equally welcome, including all references and a required abstract of at most 300 words.

Papers are expected to present previously unpublished work, whereas extended abstracts may also cover recent work that has been accepted or presented elsewhere.

Authors submit their contributions via EasyChair to JOWO 2017, selecting “Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences" as the relevant track.

Contributions must be delivered in English, non-anonymously and as a single PDF file. The formatting for all workshops of JOWO 2017 shall comply with the IOS Press formatting guidelines for book authors. Templates are available for LaTeX as well as Microsoft Word.
(NB: Those templates differ strongly from the ones used for earlier ODLS editions. In particular, they are in single-column format instead of the former two-column format.)

Accepted papers and extended abstracts will be made freely available in a joint JOWO volume of CEUR Workshop Proceedings (cf. the JOWO 2016 proceedings: Vol. 1660). After the workshop, authors of selected original submissions will be invited to submit revised and extended versions to the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBSM). These manuscripts will be re-reviewed.

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