This article is part of the supplement: Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS) 2010

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Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences: SWAT4LS 2010

Albert Burger1, Adrian Paschke2, Paolo Romano3, M Scott Marshall4 and Andrea Splendiani5*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University & MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, UK

2 Corporate Semantic Web, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany

3 Bioinformatics, IRCCS San Martino University Hospital - IST National Cancer Research Institute, Genova, Italy

4 Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5 Biomathematics and Bioinformatics Dept., Rothamsted Research, UK

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BMC Bioinformatics 2012, 13(Suppl 1):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-S1-S1

Published: 25 January 2012


As Semantic Web technologies mature and new releases of key elements, such as SPARQL 1.1 and OWL 2.0, become available, the Life Sciences continue to push the boundaries of these technologies with ever more sophisticated tools and applications. Unsurprisingly, therefore, interest in the SWAT4LS (Semantic Web Applications and Tools for the Life Sciences) activities have remained high, as was evident during the third international SWAT4LS workshop held in Berlin in December 2010. Contributors to this workshop were invited to submit extended versions of their papers, the best of which are now made available in the special supplement of BMC Bioinformatics. The papers reflect the wide range of work in this area, covering the storage and querying of Life Sciences data in RDF triple stores, tools for the development of biomedical ontologies and the semantics-based integration of Life Sciences as well as clinicial data.