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BioLINK 2008

Call for Participation

Call for Papers:
Linking  Literature, Information and Knowledge for Biology
Special Interest Group on Text Mining
In association with ISMB 2008, Toronto, Canada

The BioLINK SIG will take place on July 18, 2008.
http://www.cs.queensu.ca/biolink08/ for details and updates.

The meeting will focus on the theme of automated linkage of the literature to biological resources, in support of applications such as:
automated indexing of the literature, generation of structured digital abstracts and the use of text-mined data in bioinformatics pipelines.
It will be interdisciplinary in nature, and will bring together researchers applying natural language processing, text mining,
information extraction and retrieval in the biomedical domain, with scientists from bioinformatics and biology who are
potential end users of this technology.

We solicit submissions from researchers working on all aspects of text-mining as they apply to bioinformatics and  biomedicine. 
Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
 - New applications for text mining: bringing together end users and developers;
 - Tools emerging from recent evaluation efforts, and how to make these tools available to end users;
   - New methods, measures and corpora for testing and evaluating text mining in the biomdical domain;
 - Examples of text mining used to assist in database curation;
 - Incorporation of text-mining derived data into larger biological workflows; ;
 - New directions in biomedical text mining, including new applications,
   new resources, and the incorporation of new types of data.
 The SIG provides an informal forum for presentation and discussion of
 current research in the field. The program will include presentations of
 short papers, posters and invited talks.
 We are inviting submission in two categories:
 1) Short papers (up to 4 pages) 
 2) Poster abstracts (up to 350 words).
 Submissions, in PDF or MS word, should be sent, by the dates specified
 below, to:
 Authors should indicate the category for which their paper is to be
 considered (short paper or poster in the subject line), and whether they
 would like their work to be considered for an oral presentation.
 Important Dates:
 April 18: Short papers (up to 4 pages) due
 May 2: Poster Abstracts (up to 350 words) due
 May 19: Notification to authors
 May 26: Final version due
 To register for BioLINK SIG, use the ISMB'08 registration form
 Program Chairs:
 Christian Blaschke, Bioalma, Spain
 Hagit Shatkay, School of Computing, Queen's University, Canada
 Lynette Hirschman, MITRE Corp., USA
 Alfonso Valencia, Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, Spain
 Contact and submission email:
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