International Journal of Genomics

International Journal of Genomics / 2003 / Article

Meeting review | Open Access

Volume 4 |Article ID 415341 |

Phillip Lord, Robert Stevens, "ISMB 2003 Bio-ontologies SIG and Sixth Annual Bio-ontologies Meeting Report", International Journal of Genomics, vol. 4, Article ID 415341, 4 pages, 2003.

ISMB 2003 Bio-ontologies SIG and Sixth Annual Bio-ontologies Meeting Report

Received22 Sep 2003
Revised29 Sep 2003
Accepted29 Sep 2003


The Annual Bio-Ontologies meeting (˜stevens/meeting03/) has now been running for 6 consecutive years, as a special interest group (SIG) of the much larger ISMB conference. It met in Brisbane, Australia, this summer, the first time it was held outside North America or Europe. The bio-ontologies meeting is 1 day long and normally has around 100 attendees. This year there were many fewer, no doubt a result of the distance, global politics and SARS. The meeting consisted of a series of 30 min talks with no formal peer review or publication. Talks ranged in style from fairly formal and complete pieces of work, through works in progress, to the very informal and discursive. Each year's meeting has a theme and this year it was ‘ontologies, and text processing’. There is a tendency for those submitting talks to ignore the theme completely, but this year's theme obviously struck a chord, as half the programme was about ontologies and text analysis (˜stevensr/meeting03/programme.html). Despite the smaller size of the meeting, the programme was particularly strong this year, meaning that the tension between allowing time for the many excellent talks, discussion and questions from the floor was particular keenly felt. A happy problem to have!

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