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April 26 2010

held in conjunction with


April 26-30, 2010

Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, USA

The Web was originally invented with the physics community in mind, but rapidly expanded to include other scientific disciplines, in particular the health care and life sciences. By the mid 1990s the Web was already being used to share data by biomedical professionals and bioinformaticians. The Web continues to be immensely important to these fields, however use cases have expanded considerably. Researchers are now looking to share extremely large data sets on the Web, extract insights from vast numbers of papers cross sub-disciplines, and use social networking tools to identify potential collaborators, aggregate data and engage in scientific discussion. Furthermore, individuals are beginning to store their medical records online, and some are sharing their genetic makeup in a bid to find others with a similar profile. These use cases are pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible with the Web. This workshop will present how scientists are currently using the Web, and discuss the functionality that is required to make the Web an ideal platform for both cutting edge scientific collaboration and for managing health care and life science related data.


Time Presentation Title
9:00-9:05 Introduction
9:05-9:30 (Keynote) VIVO:Enabling National Networking of Scientists, Mike Conlon
9:30-9:45 Collaborative Curation of PubMed Using the Gene Wiki: Andrew I. Su and Douglas G. Howe (paper)
9:45-10:00 PD Online: a case study in scientific collaboration on the Web: Sudeshna Das, Michael Rogan, Holli Kawadler, Sam Brin, Stephane Corlosquet and Tim Clark (Presentation, paper)
10:00-10:15 Chem2Bio2RDF Dashboard: ranking semantic associations in systems chemical biology space: Xiao Dong, Ying Ding, Huijun Wang, Bin Chen and David Wild (presentation, paper)
10:15-10:30 Crowdsourcing Real-Time Research Trend Data and Explicity Semantic Research Annotations: Victor Henning, Jason J. Hoyt and Jan Reichelt (Presentation, paper)
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:15 Research Objects: towards exchange and reuse of digital knowledge: Sean Bechhofer, David De Roure, Matthew Gamble, Carole Goble and Iain Buchan (presentation, paper)
11:15-11:30 The Cognitive Atlas: employing interaction design processes to facilitate collaborative ontology creation: Eric Miller, Christian Seppa, Aniket Kittur, Fred Sabb and Russell Poldrack (presentation, paper)
11:30-11:45 Exploration of a Data Landscape using a Collaborative Linked Data Framework: Laurent Alquier, Tim Schultz and Susie Stephens

(presentation, paper)

11:45-12:00 Policy Mediation to Enable Collaborative Use of Sensitive Data: Matt Cherian, Lalana Kagal and Eric Prud'hommeaux. (presentation, paper)
12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion: Collaborative Science on the Web in 2020

See also HCLSIG gathering in Raleigh

Panel details

  • Coordinator: Eric Prud'hommeaux, W3C
  • Panelists:
    • Mike Conlon, University of Florida
    • Puneet Kishor, Science Commons
    • Hilary Spencer, Nature Publishing
    • Andrew I. Su, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation


  • 2010-March-2 Michael Conlon from University of Florida agreed to give keynote presentation about VIVO, the NIH funded Facebook for the Scientists.
  • 2010-Feb-16 Extension of the EARLY REGISTRATION DATE for workshop participants, a special courtesy of the WWW'10 organizers.
  • 2010-Jan-11 Easy chair submission system is open
  • 2010-Jan-8 2nd CFP is out


Submissions must be formatted using the WWW2010 templates. Please submit your paper via EasyChair at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fwcs2010.

Accepted papers will be published on the workshop web site as well as in Nature Precedings, for open access.


We expect to bridge communication and knowledge transfer between the HCLS and the Web communities. We invite audience who are interested in applying the latest web technologies to collaborative health care and life science to participate and contribute to the workshop. Particularly, we welcome participants who wish to explore HCLS specific requirements for collaborating on the web, e.g. trust, privacy, intellectual property, knowledge management, and the scale and diversity of data. This workshop will also be of interest to those interested in learning about the latest developments in data modeling, tools and technologies for web-based collaborative science.

Time Lines

  • Notification of acceptance - March 8, 2010
  • Camera-ready version - March 22, 2010
  • Workshop date - April 26, 2010

Program Committee

  • Bosse Andersson, AstraZeneca
  • Christopher Baker, University of New Brunswick
  • Colin Batchelor, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Olivier Bodenreider, National Library of Medicine
  • John Breslin, NUI Galway
  • Simon Buckingham Shum, Open University
  • Annamaria Carusi, Oxford University
  • Helen Chen, University of Waterloo
  • Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard University
  • Tim Clark, Harvard Medical School
  • Anita de Waard, Elsevier
  • Don Doherty, Brainstage
  • Michel Dumontier, Carleton University
  • Lee Feigenbaum, Cambridge Semantics
  • Timo Hannay, Nature
  • William Hayes, BiogenIdec
  • Ivan Herman, W3C
  • Vipul Kashyap, Cigna
  • Nikesh Kotecha, Stanford University
  • Phil Lord, University of Newcastle
  • Robin McEntire, Merck
  • Parsa Mirhaji, University of Texas
  • Mark Musen, Stanford University
  • Vit Novacek, DERI, NUI Galway
  • Alex Passant, DERI, NUI Galway
  • Elgar Pichler
  • Rosalind Reid, Harvard University
  • Patrick Ruch, University of Applied Sciences Geneva
  • Daniel Rubin, Stanford
  • Satya Sahoo, Wright State University
  • Matthias Samwald, DERI, NUI Galway // Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria
  • Susanna Sansone, EBI
  • Nigam Shah, Stanford University
  • Amit Sheth, Wright State University
  • Katy Wolstencroft, University of Manchester

Workshop Co-chairs

  • Jun Zhao, University of Oxford
  • Kei Cheung, Yale University
  • M. Scott Marshall, Leiden University Medical Center / University of Amsterdam
  • Eric Prud'hommeaux, W3C
  • Susie Stephens, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development

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