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Keynote Speaker

Discussion Panel


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.


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 

 Proceedings S4BioDiv-2013 are now online at

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