Call for proposals

Dear BioHackers,

To extend our invitation to those who have fresh ideas, we call for the submission of your proposals.
The success of the hackathon series relies on active collaboration among repeating participants (for continued efforts) and also newcomers (for fresh ideas). In order to seek voluntary contributors for making this hackathon more fruitful, we hereby issue an open call for proposals. The authors of successful proposals will be invited with financial support for travel expenses (one author per proposal).

The NBDC/DBCLS BioHackathon series has been organized for promoting standardization and interoperability of life sciences and biomedical databases. Thanks to the international community efforts in these years, structured semantic data has been accumulated that are ready to be analyzed. We expect that integrated use of data from multiple domains will enable new discoveries by the development of methods and applications. Therefore, we encourage researchers and developers to flock together for opening up a new data science in bioinformatics. The topics may include (but not limited to):
  • Data
    • Standardization of data, metadata, ontologies, and provenance in RDF
    • Evaluation and development of RDF triplestores
    • Quality assessment and improvement of RDF data and SPARQL endpoints
  • Tools
    • Utilities for ontologies and RDF data processing
    • Exploratory analysis and visualization tools for RDF data
    • Workflow management system for reproducible research
  • Applications
    • Application of machine learning methods to RDF data
    • Data mining from large-scale and heterogeneous RDF datasets
    • Natural language processing for knowledge discovery
Through the Google form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
  • Abstract of your proposal
  • Figure (optional but highly recommended)
  • Software dependency, system architecture (if any)
  • RDF datasets/SPARQL endpoints to be used (if any)
  • Project website or source code repository (if any)
  • Financial support option

Submitted proposals will be evaluated by the organizers in terms of creativity, usefulness, feasibility, and suitability for the BioHackathon. One author of each accepted proposal will be awarded a travel grant, while the number of acceptances varies depending on the budget of BioHackathon.

The submitted materials will be kept within organizers only for evaluation.