Workshop Announcement: Ontologies for Molecular Biology

Russ B. Altman altman at SMI.Stanford.EDU
Tue Jan 20 22:48:23 EST 1998


Satellite Workshop at ISMB-98 
June 27 (evening) and June 28
University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sponsored by International Society for Computational Biology
(main conference URL = )

The workshop will focus on the following aspects of schemata, controlled
vocabularies and ontologies for molecular biology and bioinformatics:

* formal representations of conceptual structures
* practical requirements for molecular biology
* curation, maintenance and accessibility
* appropriate scope
* re-use and sharing
* existing accomplishments
* philosophical background
* compatibility with legacy systems
* development of standards
* tools and languages

The workshop will consist of introductory tutorial session, followed by
interactive case studies of conceptual models from existing systems. 
One goal of the workshop is to assess the current success and "division
of labor"  among researchers, and evaluate the possibilities for
interoperability.  The precise format will depend on the number and
background of interested participants.

Organizing Committee:
Russ Altman, Stanford University
David Benton, SmithKline Beecham
Peter Karp, Pangea Systems
Steffen Schulze-Kremer, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

To indicate interest in the workshop (and be added to the workshop
mailing list) contact Steffen Schulze-Kremer with a one paragraph
statement of your interest/experience with some or all of these issues:

schulze-kremer at

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