[BiO BB] NETTAB 2009: Deadline postponed to May 4, 2009, for Oral communications

Paolo Romano paolo.romano at istge.it
Tue Apr 28 09:04:24 EDT 2009

Due to many requests for a new deadline for submission of contributions
for oral communications, the related deadline has been postponed to:
Monday May 4, 2009, at 12.00 (noon), EST (GMT+1).

Last Call for Oral communications

NETTAB 2009 Workshop on
"Technologies, Tools and Applications for 
Collaborative and Social Bioinformatics Research and Development"
with a Special Session on:
"Methods and Tools for RNA Structure and Functional Analysis"

June 10-13, 2009
Department of Computer Science, University of Catania, Italy


Deadline approaching: May 4, 2009: Oral communication submission
Contributions must be short papers of around 
THREE A4 pages or 12.000 characters long.
Submit through the EasyChair system at: 
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nettab2009 .
See web site for details.

The most recent developments of collaborative 
development tools are impressive. Researchers can 
now collaboratively develop software (open source 
systems), discuss and compare development 
strategies (social networks), write documents 
(google docs, wiki systems), build knowledge 
bases. So, it may now be the time for presenting 
current technologies, tools and applications for 
collaborative work and for discussing 
perspectives of their utilization in support of Bioinformatics.
For these reasons, NETTAB 2009 will be devoted to 
"Technologies, Tools and Applications for 
Collaborative and Social Bioinformatics Research and Development".
The RNA community is also taking advantage of 
collaborative research tools such as Wikis and 
other virtual environments. The RNA WikiProject 
contains now over 600 articles describing 
families of noncoding RNAs based on the Rfam 
database, and invite the community to update, 
edit, and correct those articles. Therefore, the 
NETTAB  2009 special session will focus on 
collaborative research project, computational 
methods and tools for the analysis of RNA 
structures and functions, with a special emphasis on ncRNAs.

Invited Speakers (more to be announced)
# Alex Bateman
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
# Tim Clark
Director of Informatics, MassGeneral Institute 
for Neurodegenerative Disease Neurology Research 
Department, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
# Duncan Hull
School of Chemistry, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
# Gabriel Valiente
Technical University of Catalonia, Department of Software, Barcelona, Spain
# Debora Marks
Systems Biology Department, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

- Collaborative Web sites (bioinformatics.org, biojava, bioperl, 
- Communities of Practices (CoPs)
   Scientific practices in scientific communities
   Automatic detection / gathering / modelling of scientific practices
   Implementations of CoPs
- Social networking (myExperiment, Annotea, myScience)
   Social Bookmarking
   Semantic Document Markup
   Relationships mining from literature
- Open Source development
   Sharing of data models, libraries, interfaces
- Social software for collaborative documentation development
   Wikis, blogs, google docs
   Knowledge Wikis
   Social-software-mediated collaborative scientific research
   Social-software-mediated collaborative tools' development
   Knowledge base collaborative development
   Ontologies collaborative development
- Education and training tools
   Virtual environments

Methods and Tools for RNA Structure and Functional Analysis
- RNA structure prediction
- Collaborative studies of RNAs
- ncRNAs functional analysis and classification
- miRNAs and networks
- Genome-wide functional studies
- Identification of ncRNAs
- Databases of ncRNAs and miRNA targets
- miRNA targets prediction
- Synthetic miRNA and siRNA design
- Gene expression analysis
- Analysis of viral RNAs
- RNAi therapeutics
- Identification of ncRNAs biomarkers
- RNA-protein interaction prediction

Contributions for both oral communications and 
posters must be short papers of around THREE A4 
pages or 12.000 characters long.
They must be submitted through the EasyChair 
system at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nettab2009 .

- May 4, 2009: Oral communication submission
- May 15, 2009: Posters submission
- May 17, 2009: Early registration
- June 10-13, 2009: Tutorials and Workshop

We plan to launch Calls for Special Issues on the 
themes of the workshop in peer-review journals 
with associated Impact factor around July for submission in September 2009.

Best regards. Paolo Romano
on behalf of NETTAB 2009 Chairs

NETTAB '09 - Ninth International Workshop on 
Network Tools and Applications in Biology
10-13 June 2009, Catania, Italy

Paolo Romano (paolo.romano at istge.it)
National Cancer Research Institute (IST)

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