It was very nice to meet colleagues from other pharma companies; Sanofi, UCB and NovoNordisk, and to discuss with early adopters in traditional software vendors, such as Siemens, and with experts from niche vendors, such as IO Informatics. It was also nice to discuss common topics, such the use of semantic web standards and linked data principles on for example clinicaltrials.gov, with key individuals such as Olivier Bodenreider, NLM (National Library of Medicine).
During the two main conferences I used Twitter as my note book and in the evenings I gather tweets and related links in two Storify items:
Storify: 4th Interational Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO), 7-9 July
Storify: 9th Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS), 11-12 July
The last evening I presented a CDISC2RDF poster on our joint AstraZeneca and Roche CDISC2RDF project, now part of the FDA/Phuse Semantic Technology working group. I really enjoyed the discussions it triggered.
My #dils2013 poster http://t.co/HWr1Yy9uQY Thx @jpmccu @micheldumontier @siv_arabandi pic.twitter.com/NR3lrWZT6R— Kerstin Forsberg (@kerfors) July 12, 2013
I'll be back in mid August, after couple of days of trecking in the Swedish mountains, with more details about the papers, presentations and discussions I did find most interesting. (For a first glimpse of two of them see this blog post from HL7 Watch by Barry Smith: An OGMS-Based Model for Clinical Information.)