Data Integration in the Life Sciences 2012

June 28-29, 2012

University of Maryland, USA

DILS 2012 proceedings are available at

Conference venue


College Park, MD 20742-1521


See 'Local Information' for details.

Free Registration for 12 Undergraduate Students

Due to generous support from the National Science Foundation CISE III Directorate we can offer FREE registration to 12 undergraduate students. We also offer a reduced rate for local student participants or others who can only attend one day of the conference.

Please contact Janet Cavanagh jcavanagh [AT] rhsmith [DOT] for more details.

Call for Posters and Demos (Deadline: May 31, 2012)

Eighth International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS 2012)

DILS 2012 invites submissions for posters and demos to be presented in the poster/demo session at the conference.

Please submit poster/demo abstracts to dils2012conference at as plain text files (up to 400 words, exclusive of title, authors and affiliations), clearly specifying the category (Poster or Demo).

The poster/demo abstracts are not part of the main DILS 2012 proceedings, but will be published on the DILS web site and distributed at the conference. The organizers will provide a basic setup (easels, tables), but no computers or projectors.

The best posters will be selected for a flash presentation during the main conference.

Important dates:

  • Submission: May 31, 2012
  • Notification: Juin 7, 2012

Call for Papers (Deadline: Extended March 1, 2012)

Eighth International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS 2012)

Applications of data integration in the life sciences have started to provide significant results. For example, the eMERGE Network has recently demonstrated that combining phenotype information extracted from electronic medical records with genotype information in order to study the relationship between genome-wide genetic variation and common human traits is a viable and cost-effective alternative to the traditional genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

Of course, such studies leverage the foundational work of the past decade on biomedical data integration (architectures, data models, ontologies, privacy, etc), which had paved the way for life sciences infrastructures, such as ELIXIR, the open source Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) platform, and federated query tools, such as the Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE).

The increasing availability of "big data", coming from high-throughput analytical techniques, large clinical data repositories, the biomedical literature and online resources, offers exciting opportunities to researchers, but also poses new integration challenges.

DILS 2012 is the 8th in a series on international conferences that aim at fostering discussion, exchange, and innovation in research and development in the areas of data integration and data management for the life sciences. Researchers and professionals from biology, medicine, computer science and engineering are invited to share their knowledge and experience.

Topics of Interest

DILS provides a forum for the discussion of various aspects of data integration in the life sciences, including challenges and technical solutions to address them, as well as applications to biomedical problems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Architectures and data management techniques for the life sciences
    • Query processing and optimization for biological data
    • Biological data sharing and update propagation
    • Query formulation assistance for scientists
    • Modeling of life sciences data
    • Biomedical data integration issues in eScience
    • Laboratory information management systems in biology (including workflow systems)
    • Quality assurance in integrated data repositories
    • Biomedical metadata management (including provenance)
    • Mining integrated life sciences data and text resources
    • Standards for biomedical data integration and annotation
    • Scientific results arising from innovative data integration solutions
    • Exposing biomedical data for integration purposes (APIs, Linked Open Data, SPARQL endpoints)
    • Creation and use of clinical data repositories
    • Data integration in clinical and translational research
    • Integration of genotypic and phenotypic data
    • Challenges and opportunities with "big data" in the life sciences
    • Ethical, legal and social issues with biomedical data integration

Submission site

Please submit your paper using the DILS 2012 EasyChair site:

Best papers

The authors of the best papers will be recognized at the conference and will be eligible for publication in the Journal on Data Semantics.

Important dates

    • Research papers due: March 1, 2012
    • Author notification: March 28, 2012
    • Camera-ready copy due: April 12, 2012
    • Poster/demo due: May 31, 2012
    • Conference: June 28-29, 2012

General chairs

Keynote speakers

    • Jim Ostell, NCBI, National Library of Medicine, NIH
    • Ken Barker, IBM Watson group
    • Jim Cimino, Clinical Center, NIH

Previous DILS proceedings (LNCS/LNBI, Springer Verlag)

Previous DILS Web sites

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