From Text to Ontology and Back Again
Organised by Robert Stevens and Robin McEntire(co-chairs),
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We would like to invite you to the sixth Annual Bio-Ontologies Meeting (Bio-Ontologies 2003), on June 28th in Brisbane, Australia. This is immediately after the ISMB2003 June 29- July 3 in Brisbane. the Bio-Ontologies meeting is co-located with ISMB 2003 and is supported by the ISCB.
Our theme this year is the inter-relationship between ontology and text. Much of the biological knowledge in our community is held in electronic texts as some sort of natural language. Unfortunately, this vast resource of knowledge is largely inaccessible computationally. Ontologies are a way in which we can describe our biological knowledge in a computationally amenable form. Ontologies can provide a terminology for analysing text; provide guidance to synonyms etc; and provide relationships between concepts identified in texts. Thus, the areas of text analysis and ontologies have a lot in common. As interest grows in both fields within the community, we would like to take this opportunity to use ontologies and text analysis as our theme for the sixth annual bio-ontologies meeting.
In accordance with this year's theme, we are pleased to welcome a guest speaker from the BioLink Text Mining SIG running on Friday 27th June, the day prior to this meeting. Christian Blaschke, of the Protein Design Group, will talk about the interplay between the worlds of text analysis and mining with that of ontologies: Text analysis can help us build ontologies and ontologies can help in the analysis of text. Christian's talk will help us to give an overview and introduction to the day's talks.
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