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The first international workshop on 'Semantics for Biodiversity' (S4BioDiv) held on May 27, 2013, preceding  the 10th ESWC 2013 -‘Semantics and Big Data’, Montpellier, France.

 Watch videos of the S4Biodiv Workshop

NEWS ! E-Conference on Germplasm Data Interoperability


We are pleased to invite you to the 1st Session of the International e-Conference on Germplasm Data Interoperability that will take place online on December 6th, 2013 and will last 2 hours between 15.00-17.00 CET. We will be discussing about open data, linked data and semantic web technologies and how they can be utilized to maximize the power and increase the interoperability of germplasm datasets.

Please follow the website that has been configured for this event at this url for more information:

On this site you will find the agenda of the e-Conference. We welcome you all to join as spectators. Please forward this invitation to colleagues who might be interested in attending the e-Conference.

A link to join the conference will be sent your way 30 minutes before the session starts, and you will also be able to find the link on the website, so please mark your calendars.

Kind regards,

The Organizing Committee

Elizabeth Arnaud, Bioversity International 
Caterina Caracciolo, FAO 
Giannis Stoitsis, Agro-Know Technologies
Luca Matteis, Bioversity International
Vassilis Protonotarios, Agro-Know Technologies


S4BioDiv had an interest group meeting the 30th october 

The discussion conducted during the TDWG conference 2013 concluded that aTDWG interest group for Semantics should be created to enhance biodiversity researches. The main purpose of this group will be to promote the use of the Semantic Web technologies within TDWG. As a prerequisite to this group creation, we propose a survey to better understand the needs expressed by TDWG community and, more broadly by the biodiversity informatics community. In the same time, this survey will draw a picture of what is in use in term of semantic tools, standards, ontologies, available datasets within TDWG. As a result of this survey, a RDF graph will be published. It will serve as a first dataset to promote the collaboration between people and guide the interoperability of existing standards.

The survey is at
Please, take a minute to fill it out. Thanks ! 

Semantic web standards, tools, ontologies and related technologies have considerably matured in the recent years. Nowadays, accessing a wide catalogue of biological, social, environmental, and ecological data sources helps  stakeholders working on biodiversity to answer their complex questions.  Will the real time access to web resources effectively support the definition of strategies to conserve and manage biodiversity? How might semantic web technologies help us to handle the complex and heterogeneous big data related to biodiversity?

The workshop aims to identify the key challenges faced by the bioinformatics community, discuss potential solutions and identify the opportunities emerging from the trans-disciplinary interactions between Plant Science and Informatics experts. Therefore, we expect the bioinformatics experts to explain how they apply semantic web standards and tools to their scientific topic, from biology, agriculture, agro-ecology, genomics, environmental studies, to social sciences, citizen sciences.

Research papers presenting various aspects of semantic web technologies applied to biodiversity data, ranging from position papers to implemented systems descriptions and their evaluation, will be selected. We are particularly interested in the use of the semantic technologies to design and develop systems that supports research on agricultural and wild biodiversity conservation and management for food security. Examples may include strategies for resilience to climate change pressures, sustainability of productive ecosystems, ecosystems services monitoring or territories management, rather than systems supporting only research on climate patterns or soil erosion. 

 Scientific topics of interest for presenting semantic web applications and demonstrating what are the new concepts emerging from combination of trans disciplinary information


  • Genomics and phenomics
  • Genetic resources
  • Environment
  • Agro-ecology and ecosystem services
  • Local knowledge about the value of agricultural and wild biodiversity
  • Plant diseases and plant-pathogen relationships
  • Biomass recycling


 Technologies of interest (non exhaustive):


  • Ontology engineering and applications
  • Knowledge engineering
  • Text mining
  • Linked data
  • Remote sensors
  • Mobile devices
  • Visualization tools 



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