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Back row (left to right): Erik Schultes, Craig Eckert, Michel Dumontier, Peter Li, Katy Börner, Antony Williams, Rajarshi Guha, Gary Berg-Cross, David Wild, Philip Yu, Eric Gifford, Xiaozhong Liu. Front row (left to right): Sujan Perera, Jeremy Yang, Valery Tkachenko, Nigam Shah, Ying Ding, Amit Sheth. Not pictured: Jeff Sutherland, Christopher Chute.

On March 25 and 26, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science and School of Informatics and Computing hosted a workshop on Exploiting Big Data Semantics for Translational Medicine. This workshop brought together leading practitioners from around the world in the areas of semantic technologies, network science and visualization, and computational translational medicine to identify the most critical areas for collaboration between these fields to maximize impact on the next generation of disease treatments.

There has recently been an explosion of public and proprietary healthcare and drug discovery data, and the development of powerful semantic, network and visualization technologies for integrating and mining these data, including the major E.U. sponsored OpenPHACTS project. These novel datasets and technologies open up many possibilities for drug discovery and translational medicine, including drug repurposing, target identification, gene-disease association and patient population mapping. In parallel, major efforts are underway such as the U.S. NCATS at NIH that support translational medicine and streamlined discovery of new medical therapies in the public sphere.

This small, focused workshop will bring together invited leading practitioners in semantic technologies, network science and visualization, and computational translational medicine to identify the most critical areas for collaboration between these fields to maximize impact on the next generation of disease treatments.

The event was organized by David Wild, Assistant Professor, IU School of Informatics and Computing, Director of IU Cheminformatics Program, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cheminformatics; Ying Ding, Associate Professor, Information Science, SLIS, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, SLIS, Indiana University, Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center & Curator of Mapping Science exhibit, Bloomington, IN; and Eric Gifford of Merck.

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