DILS2018 successfully completed: Big data in the life sciences

More than 70 Experts exchange knowledge and experience on the latest technological developments

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Director of the TIB, opens DILS2018. // Photo: TIB/C. Behrens

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.

Alfred Pühler from the University of Bielefeld opened the second day of the conference with his keynote speech "The de.NBI network – a Bioinformatics Infrastructure in Germany for Handling Big Data in Life Sciences". He introduced the network de.NBI – the "German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure" – which bundles and coordinates tools and resources in the field of bioinformatics and offers various services and training courses. This was followed by lectures on "Biomedical Data Analytics" and "Big Biomedical Applications".

In the run-up to DILS2018, a preconference on "Data Integration in the Life Sciences and Semantic Technologies" was held at the TIB on 19 November 2018. Following DILS2018, the TIB hosted a post-conference on "Open Research Knowledge Graph" on 22 November 2018.

The TIB hosted DILS 2018 together with L3S Research Center, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences and MHH, Hannover Medical School.

The presentations of DILS2018 can be found in TIB's the AV-Portal, further information on DILS2018 can be found at https://events.tib.eu/dils2018/.