Call for proposals

Submission deadline: September 23rd, 2018

The success of the hackathon series relies on active collaboration among repeating participants (for continued efforts) and also newcomers (for fresh ideas). In order to seek voluntary contributors with sparking ideas, we hereby issue an open call for proposals. The authors of successful proposals will be invited with financial support for travel expenses (one author per a proposal).

The NBDC/DBCLS BioHackathon series has been organized to promote the development for standardization and interoperability of life sciences / biomedical databases and their applications in data science. The topics may include (but not limited to):

  • Standardization of RDF data, metadata, ontologies and provenance
  • Interoperable system for interlinking database resources
  • Development of tools for automation, utilization, and documentation of RDF data
  • Development of applications including visualization for Linked Open Data
  • Application of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies on RDF data
  • Data science to grasp information from large-scale and heterogeneous RDF datasets
  • Reproducible research and workflows for bioinformatics, wet biology, and robotics
  • Natural language processing, literature annotation, and QA system for knowledge discovery
  • Quality assessment of SPARQL endpoints, RDF data, and triple stores

In this year, we are particularly interested in developing application cases of those tools to following subject areas:

  • Medical application
  • Useful Substance Production
  • Breeding

Through the Google form, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Abstract of your proposal
  • Novelty of your idea
  • Possibility of collaboration/connection with existing apps or methods
  • Software dependency, system architecture
  • Estimated time of completion for prototyping and/or production
  • RDF datasets/SPARQL endpoints to be used (if any)
  • Related work, references and URLs (if any)
  • GitHub or any other public repositories of your FOSS products (if any)
  • Figure to describe your idea (optional but highly recommended)
  • Financial support option

Submitted proposals will be evaluated by the organizers in terms of creativity, usefulness, feasibility, and suitability for the BioHackathon.

An author of each accepted proposal will be awarded a travel grant, while the number of acceptances may be subject to our funding condition.

The submitted materials will be kept within organizers only for evaluation.