Conference: SWAT4LS 2015

SWAT4LS International Conference 2015, Cambridge, UK Anna Gaulton (European Bioinformatics Institute) presented a poster: Semantic-Web Access to Patent Annotations Alasdair Gray (Heriot-Watt University) gave a presentation: Validata: An online tool for testing RDF data conformance Ryan Miller (Maastricht University) presented a poster: Where do you go from here? Semantics of directions in biological pathways Núria Queralt-Rosinach (IMIM) gave a Read more about Conference: SWAT4LS 2015[…]

Call for posters from early career researchers in life science

The Open PHACTS Consortium and Open PHACTS Foundation are pleased to announce a poster competition to be held at our upcoming conference on linking life science data, on 18–19 February 2016. The competition will be open to early career researchers (from Masters students to post-doctoral fellows), with a prize of €300 for the poster best Read more about Call for posters from early career researchers in life science[…]

Conference: BioMedBridges: Open Bridges for Life Science Data

BioMedBridges Symposium: Open Bridges for Life Science Data, Hinxton, UK Open PHACTS organised a workshop, and Núria Queralt (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) presented a poster: DisGeNET: applying semantic web and network analysis approaches for the integration and analysis of gene-disease associations for translational research and drug design

Event Announcement: Linking Life Science Data: Design to Implementation, and Beyond

Open PHACTS will be hosting a two-day conference in Vienna, Austria on the 18–19 February, 2016.

Places are limited – register your interest now

The conference will include a variety of expert speakers and open discussions on linking data in the life sciences domain.

Day 1 (Thursday, 18 February) will focus on what has been achieved so far in this domain, by the Open PHACTS project and by others. Discussions will include an overview of how the domain has evolved, demonstrations of what can be done with existing linked data, and a poster competition where you can show off your own uses of linked life science data.

Day 2 (Friday, 19 February) will focus on the future of linking life science data. Discussions will consider how various sectors of this domain, including large industries, are moving towards linking more data; what challenges still need to be met; and what concrete steps we can take to keep moving forward.

This conference will be free to attend. To register your interest, please use the form below:


BigDataEurope webinar: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

On 25 November, 14:00–15:00 CET, BigDataEurope will host a webinar update on the societal challenge of Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing. If you’re interested in learning more about BigDataEurope and its goals, register now for this free webinar. The webinar will include a brief overview of the project by Open PHACTS Foundation CEO Bryn Williams-Jones, followed by an update on Read more about BigDataEurope webinar: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing[…]

Publication: WikiPathways: capturing the full diversity of pathway knowledge

WikiPathways ( is an open, collaborative platform for capturing and disseminating models of biological pathways for data visualization and analysis. Since our last NAR update, 4 years ago, WikiPathways has experienced massive growth in content, which continues to be contributed by hundreds of individuals each year. New aspects of the diversity and depth of the Read more about Publication: WikiPathways: capturing the full diversity of pathway knowledge[…]

Press Release: Open PHACTS partners in EU-ToxRisk project

EU-ToxRisk: An Integrated European ‘Flagship’ Program Driving Mechanism-based Toxicity Testing and Risk Assessment for the 21st Century

(PDF) In a large (€30 m) H2020-supported collaborative project, academia joins forces with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large industry, contract research organisations (CROs) and regulatory bodies to achieve a paradigm shift in toxicology towards a more efficient and animal-free chemical safety assessment.


Publication: Managing expectations: assessment of chemistry databases generated by automated extraction of chemical structures from patents

First public disclosure of new chemical entities often takes place in patents, which makes them an important source of information. However, with an ever increasing number of patent applications, manual processing and curation on such a large scale becomes even more challenging. An alternative approach better suited for this large corpus of documents is the Read more about Publication: Managing expectations: assessment of chemistry databases generated by automated extraction of chemical structures from patents[…]

Open PHACTS API questionnaire

We’ve put together a short questionnaire for API users. We’d appreciate it if you could take a few minutes of your time to fill it in: Open PHACTS API Questionnaire In particular we would very much like to hear your thoughts on using the API, and your ideas about the future. If you have any other questions or Read more about Open PHACTS API questionnaire[…]

Planned maintenance: Friday 16 October 2015

Open PHACTS service interruptions from 18:00 – 22:00 CEST, Friday, 16 October 2015 We are planning a service break for maintenance to replace failed drives, and drives marked as close to failure margin, and upgrade the disk topology for better fault tolerance. Not all of this can be done while system is online. The system will Read more about Planned maintenance: Friday 16 October 2015[…]

Press Release: Open PHACTS wins Linked Open Data Award in inaugural European Linked Data Contest

(PDF) Vienna, Austria – The Open PHACTS consortium is proud to have been awarded first prize in the Linked Open Data Award category of the European Linked Data Contest (ELDC).

The ELDC has been established to recognise Europe’s crème de la crème of linked data and semantic web achievements. Prizes are awarded to stories, products, projects or persons presenting novel and innovative projects, products and industry implementations involving linked data. The ELDC also aims to build a directory of the best European projects in the domains of linked data and the semantic web.