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ODLS 2016

The 7th Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences was held on 2016-09-29P1D at the Leibnitz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Halle (Saale).


ODLS 2014

The series “Ontologies in Data and Life Sciences” (ODLS workshop) is the follow-up to “Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences” which was initiated by the workgroup for OBML of the German Society for Computer Science in 2009. This integrated workshop covers the overall spectrum of biomedical information processing, from experimental data acquisition and data management, across analysis, structuring and interpretation of data, up to the development of structures of knowledge in the form of ontologies with their various applications.

We invite submissions in all areas of biomedical ontology and data management. The following topics are relevant, yet others related to these basic topics are likewise welcome:

  • Big data and/or Complex data sets
  • Data semantics
  • Data in life sciences
  • Clinical data
  • Omics-data for diagnosis and therapy
  • Ontologies in the field of biology, medicine and clinical research, for example
  • Ontologies in knowledge representation (for example, formal ontology of time and space, formal ontology of properties, roles and functions)
  • Methods and tools for development, management and application of ontologies, for example,

ODLS 2014 is hosted by the Center for Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, Medical Center - University of Freiburg.

OBML 2011

The series “Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences” (OBML workshop) was initiated by the workgroup for OBML of the German Society for Computer Science in 2009. The OBML aims to bring together scientists who are working in this area to exchange ideas and discuss new results, to start collaborations and to initiate new projects. The OBML workshop is held once annually and deals with all fundamental aspects of biomedical ontologies as well as additional “hot” topics.

Submissions are requested especially for the following topics:

  • Ontologies and terminologies in biology, medicine, and clinical research
  • Ontologies for knowledge representation, methods of reasoning, integration and interoperability of ontologies
  • Methods and tools for the construction and management of ontologies
  • Applications of the Semantic Web in biomedicine and the life sciences

The focus of the OBML 2011 is Phenotype ontologies in medicine and biomedical research

Ontology between Philosophy and Computer Science


  • Heinrich Herre, Universität Leipzig
  • Roberto Poli, University of Trento

This symposium is devoted to the role of ontology as a bridge between philosophy and knowledge engineering. These days, ontology exhibits two main directions: the traditional philosophical understanding of ontology and a new computer-based understanding of ontology which is related to knowledge engineering. There are scholars from both fields contending that ontology in knowledge engineering and ontology in philosophy are two completely different disciplines. We shall try to show in this workshop that – despite their different languages and different points of departure – ontologies in knowledge engineering (let us say: ontology as technology) and ontology in philosophy (let us say: ontology as categorial analysis) have numerous problems in common. And for this reason, engineers and philosophers must devise ways to talk to each other.