We successfully held the “Biological ontologies and knowledge bases” workshop on BIBM 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. All accepted papers of BiOK 2017, 2018, 2019 are published in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics. The special issue for BiOK 2020 is in preparation. We also would like to held BiOK workshop on BIBM 2021 this year.
In “Omics” era of the life sciences, it is cost-effective to collect diverse types of genome wide data, which represent the information at various levels of biological systems, including data about genome, transcriptome, epigenome, proteome, metabolome, molecular imaging, molecular pathways, different population of people and clinical/medical records. Currently, big challenge is to represent and use the knowledge contained in the massive data.
A bio-ontology provides standardized and structured vocabulary terms for the scientific community to describe biomedical entities in a domain. In recent years, numerous biomedical ontologies have been developed to represent knowledge about anatomy, molecular function, human phenotype, disease, clinical diagnosis and other areas. Biomedical Ontologies have been proven very useful for knowledge representation, entity annotation, data sharing and data integration et al. in biomedical research.
Knowledge bases are increasingly being used to extract deep biological knowledge and understanding from massive biological data. Knowledge bases can provide information on underlying mechanisms, which statistical inference methods cannot gain insight into. This improvement is largely due to knowledge bases providing a validated biological context for interpreting the ocean of omics.
The biomedical ontologies and knowledge bases workshop provides a vibrant environment for researchers to share their research finding, report novel methods, and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the related fields.
Papers are welcome in multiple areas, such as the applications of biological ontologies and knowledge bases, newly developed Bio-Ontologies and Knowledge bases (databases), and the method or standards of ontology and knowledge base development. Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- We call for original and unpublished research contributions to the workshop
- Please submit a full length paper (up to 6 page IEEE 2-column format) through the online submission system (you can download the format instruction here (http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html). Electronic submissions in PDF format are required.
- Online submission system is at https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2021/bibm21/scripts/submit.php?subarea=S03&undisplay_detail=1&wh=/cyberchair/2021/bibm21/scripts/ws_submit.php
- All accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library (EI index). Extension version of accepted papers will be published in BMC Bioinformatics following the journal's publication policy. All accepted papers will have to be presented by one of the authors at the workshop.