Call for papers

Conference Scope

The DILS conference aims at fostering discussion, exchange, and innovation in research and development in data integration and 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 challenges and technical solutions to address data integration and management in the life sciences. In particular, the increasing availability of Big Data, coming from high-throughput analytical techniques, large clinical data repositories, biomedical literature and online resources, offers exciting opportunities and challenges to researchers.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Big Data Integration for the life sciences
  • Ontology mappings and evolution
  • Large-scale data analysis for the life sciences
  • 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 biological 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 (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.


Important dates

March 2, 2014: Firm paper submission deadline (extended) for research, industry, application and experience papers

April 4, 2014: Notification of acceptance

May 3, 2014: Camera-ready copy due

July 17-18, 2014: Conference

Poster and demonstration papers (up to 4 pages) have a later deadline (May 18).


Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original contributions of technical rigor and practical relevance DILS 2014 invites three types of papers:

  • Full research papers (up to 15 pages)
  • Short research papers (8 pages)
  • Industry/application/experience papers (8 pages).

Papers are to be prepared using LNCS templates and submitted using the EasyChair site:

The proceedings of DILS will be published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics.

The authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their DILS paper for publication in a supplement of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics. The extended versions will then go through another fast reviewing process and, if accepted for publication, there will be a publication fee.


Posters and Demos

DILS2014 also invites the submission of posters and demos to be presented in the poster/demo session at the conference. The poster/demo abstracts will not be included in the DILS 2014 proceedings, but will be published in the web site and distributed in the conference. The organization will provide a basic setup (with easels and tables) but no computers or projectors.

Poster/demo papers are limited to up to 4 pages and must be submitted in PDF format using the EasyChair site.

Important dates for poster/demo abstracts:

May 18, 2014: Submission deadline.
June 6, 2014: Notification of acceptance.


Program Committee Chairs

Program Committee

Steering Committee


Recent News and Updates

  • July 29, 2014: The presentation slides of the long/short papers are being published here.
  • July 28, 2014: Some photos taken during the conference are available in the facebook group.
  • July 24, 2014: The slides of the keynotes are available here.