IO Informatics

Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Keynote Speaker - Prof. Dr. B. (Barend) Mons

Updated Jan 28, 2014

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and Netherlands Bioinformatics Center (NBIC), The Netherlands.

Presentation Date and Time:
Friday, February 28 -  1:00 pm

Presentation Title:
Semantics Based Biomedical Knowledge Search, Integration and Discovery

Abstract:  Barend will talk about the role of semantic technologies, (under)standards and the nanopublication ecosystem in particular. He will challenge several established views in the field of the semantic web, scholarly communication, intellectual networking, science metrics, peer review and ‘data publishing’ with an emphasis on the barriers to break down in order to allow effective data exposure, sharing and integration in the Big Data era. The context of his talk will be the need for eScience approaches to ‘in silico’ knowledge discovery.

Biography:  Barend Mons holds a chair in Biosemantics at the LUMC and is one of the scientific directors of NBIC. In addition he acts as a Life Sciences 'eScience integrator' in the Netherlands eScience centre.  Currently, he coordinates the creation of the Data Integration and Stewardship Centre (DISC-ELIXIR) and in that capacity he is also the scientific representative of The Netherlands in the interim board of the ELIXIR ESFRI project.

Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training and received his PhD on genetic differentiation of malaria parasites from Leiden University (1986). In 2000 he focused on the development of semantic technologies to manage big data and he founded the Biosemantics group. His research is currently focused on nanopublications as a substrate for in silico knowledge discovery. Barend is also one of the founders of the Concept Web Alliance, with 'nanopublications' as its first brainchild. Nanopublications are currently implemented in the semantic project of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) called Open PHACTS.