The focus of the 13th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences 2018 (DILS2018), which was hosted by the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology Hanover on 20 and 21 November 2018, was on discussion, exchange and innovation in research and development in the fields of data integration and data management for the life sciences. Experts, including researchers and students from the fields of computer science, engineering, medicine and biology, exchanged their knowledge and experience on the latest technological developments at the intersection of computer science, big data and life sciences during the English-speaking conference.
After a welcome with a short presentation of the TIB, its services and research areas by TIB Director Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, a few introductory words on the conference and the digital transformation in the life sciences by Prof. (Univ. Simón Bolívar) Dr. Maria-Esther Vidal, head of the research area Scientific Data Management at the TIB, followed.
In the keynote "Matching Biomedical Ontologies for Semantic Data Integration", Catia Pesquita (University of Lisbon, Portugal) discussed the recent advances in matching biomedical ontologies, how these are being put into practice to support biomedical data integration and analysis, and chart future directions to address the challenges that will be faced by the semantic data integration community. The following lectures on the first day of the conference dealt with the topics "Big Biomedical Data Integration and Management" and "Data Exploration in the Life Sciences". The conference concluded with a poster and demo session in which the participants were able to exchange information directly with each other.