APRIL 22, 2008

held in conjunction with


APRIL 21-25, 2008


Biomedical researchers need to be able to ask questions that span many heterogeneous data sources in order to make well-informed decisions. For this to be achieved, data about drugs, patients, diseases, genes, proteins, and pathways must be effectively integrated. Yet the integration of disparate biomedical data continues to be a challenge to achieve.

Many organizations are now exploring the use of Semantic Web technologies in the hope of easing the effort of data integration. The benefits promised by the Semantic Web include aggregation of heterogeneous data using explicit semantics, simplified annotation and sharing of findings, the expression of rich and well-defined models for data aggregation and search, easier reuse of data in unanticipated ways, and the application of logic to infer additional insights.

W3C has established the Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences (HCLSIG) Interest Group to help organizations in their adoption of the Semantic Web. The HCLSIG is chartered to develop and support the use of Semantic Web technologies to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption in the domains of Health Care and Life Sciences. As a part of realizing this vision, we are organizing a workshop on the Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences in conjunction with WWW2008.



Presentation Title


08.30 - 08.45


Workshop Chairs

08.45 - 09.35

Scaling the Walls of Discovery: Using Semantic Metadata for Integrative Problem Solving

Greg Tucker-Kellogg

09.35 - 10.00

Modeling the Pharmacogenomics of Depression with OWL 1.1

Michel Dumontier, Muhammed Faizan, Joseph Obeng, and Natalia Villanueva-Rosales

10.00 - 10.30


10.30 - 10.55

Web Ontology Engineering and Applications: A Case Study in Chinese Medicine

Yuxin Mao and Zhaohui Wu

10.55 - 11.20

Capturing and Modeling Neuro-radiological Knowledge on a Community Basis, the Head Injury Scenario

Alexander Garcia, Zhuo Zhang, Menaka Rajapakse, Christopher Baker and Suisheng Tang

11.20 - 11.40

A Scale-Out RDF Molecule Store for Distributed Processing of Biomedical Data

Andrew Newman, Jane Hunter, Yuan-Fang Li, Chris Bouton and Melissa Davis

11.40 - 12.00

Semantic Graph Mining for Biomedical Complex Network Analysis

Tong Yu and Huajun Chen

12.00 - 1.30


1.30 - 2.20

BioMoby and CardioSHARE: Attempting to Merge the Semantic Web and Web Services Worlds

Mark Wilkinson

2.20- 2.40

Entrez Neuron: an OWL/RDFa–based Web Application for Information Exploration and Integration in Neuroscience

Matthias Samwald, Ernest Lim, Peter Masiar, Luis Marenco, Huajun Chen, Thomas Morse, Gordon Shepherd, Perry Miller and Kei Cheung

2.40 - 3.00

Linked Data in a Scientific Collaboration Framework

Sudeshna Das, Thomas Green, Louis Weitzaman, Alister Lewis-Bowen and Tim Clark

3.00 - 3.30


3.30 - 3.50

Finding Experts for Clinical Trial Submission

Matthias Löbe Roland Mücke and Christian Eder

3.50 - 4.50

Panel: Integrating Semantic Web Communities in Health Care and Life Sciences

Chris Baker, Xue Qiao Hou, Jeff Pan, Greg Tucker-Kellogg, and Mark Wilkinson

4.50 - 5.00

Wrap Up

Workshop Chairs


The workshop encourages participation from industry and academia with an emphasis on the practical aspects of applying Semantic Web technologies to the challenges of Health Care and the Life Sciences. We encourage participation from Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies, Health Care Organizations, Universities and Research Institutes, IT Vendors, and Government Agencies.

Important Dates

Program Committee

Organizing Committee

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