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3rd International Workshop on
Data Integration in the Life Sciences 2006 (DILS'06)

Held at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Hinxton, UK
20.7. - 22.7.2006

Sponsored by

Microsoft Research



metanomics health

EBI Industry Program




About the Workshop

Data management and data integration are pertinent problems in the Life Sciences. Today's advances in molecular biology and molecular medicine are almost always underpinned by enormous efforts in data management, automatic data quality assurance, and computational data analysis. Many existing research directions, such as drug development, systems biology, or personalized medicine, critically depend on integrating data sets produced by different experimental methods, in different groups, and at different levels of granularity. Despite more than a decade of intensive research in these areas, there remain many unsolved problems in the fields of data management and data integration. Indeed, these problems are becoming worse, both due to continuous increases in data volumes and the growing diversity in types of data that need to be managed. As an example, integration of data from proteomics mass spectrometry or 2-hybrid assays, experimental techniques that have only been carried out at a high throughput scale for the past 2-3 years, are already pressing requirements in many projects. And the next big challenge is already upon us: the need to integrate genomics and proteomics data with the vast amounts of medical data, collected daily in thousands of hospitals all over the world.

DILS 2006 is the third in a workshop series that aims at fostering discussion, exchange, and innovation in research and development in the areas of data integration and data management for the Life Science. DILS 2004 in Leipzig and DILS 2005 in San Diego each attracted each around 100 researchers from all over the world. We invite researchers, professionals, and practitioners to participate and share their knowledge in this forum. Apart from the presentation of peer-reviewed papers, DILS 2006 will have two keynote talks, progress reports from important projects in the field, and a poster session with flash presentations.

Papers must address challenges for data integration and data management in life sciences. A special focus of DILS 2006 lies on papers that address data management issues at the interface between molecular biology and medicine. Thus, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Integration of medical and biological data
  • Data management and data analysis for personalized medicine
  • Management and modeling of phenotype data
  • Modeling, storing, and querying biological network data
  • Managing complex annotations
  • Support for representing and searching biological and medical data types
  • Data management for biodiversity
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Algorithms and architectures for data integration problems at all levels
  • Query processing for biomedical applications
  • Data mining and data-driven analysis of Life Science data sets
  • Ontology-based data integration and analysis
  • Scientific workflows and annotation pipelines
  • Laboratory information management systems
  • Methods for modeling and assuring data quality
  • Integrating bioinformatics and chemoinformatics data
  • Data management issues in pharmacogenomics
Note that papers must have a clear focus on biological or biomedical issues to be considered for acceptance.
  General Chairs
  • Ulf Leser, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Barbara Eckman, IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences, U.S.
  • Felix Naumann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Local Chair
  • Paul Kersey, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, U.K.
Important dates:
Paper submission deadline: 9. March 2006, noon PST
Paper notification of acceptance: 24. April 2006
New poster abstract submission: 28. May 2006
Paper camera Ready Copy: 16. May 2006
DILS 2006: 20. July 2006 - 22. July 2006

Submission guidelines (paper and poster)

Paper submission site

DILS'06 proceedings
Proceedings will be published by Springer Lecture Notes on Bioinformatics (LNBI).

Springer Lecture Notes on Bioinformatics

Information and contact

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