International Workshop on Semantic Technology for eHealth (STeH2013)


Submission Deadline:

July 18th, 2013

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are widely used for health care. As 'e-Health technologies', they have played an increasingly important role in the practice of medicine and clinical research. The term e-Health encompasses a range of services and systems in medicine/healthcare and information technology. Applications of e-Health include research, educating the health care workforce (e.g. e-Learning), treating patients, tracking diseases and monitoring public health. However, the lack of integration and semantic interoperability among most of the information systems that are used creates inefficiencies and application limits for eHealth, which challenge the ability of the health care industry to reach the stated goals: to supply continuous care that is personalized for each patient and to put new knowledge into practice by translating clinical research results from 'bench to bedside'.

Semantic Web technology is steadily becoming a de facto solution for semantic interoperability in medicine and healthcare. This international workshop on Semantic Technology for eHealth (STeH) is designed to be a discussion forum for researchers who are interested in the research and development of semantic applications for medicine and health care.

Event Information

The list of the covered topics includes but not limited to:

The workshop will take place during the 14th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (WISE2013), October 13th-15th, Nanjing, China, (October 13th, 2013), as a half-day event.

Please note that for every accepted paper at least one of the authors must attend the workshop and must register for the workshop and the main conference. Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate, those who have submitted a paper will be given priority.

Important Dates

July 18th, 2013

Submission of papers

August 18th, 2013

Notification of acceptance

Sept 10th, 2013

Camera-ready version due

Oct 13th, 2013


Invited Talk

Title: Workflows, REST services and the Semantic Web: The OpenPHACTS scenario
Speaker: Dr. Ronald Siebes (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Abstract: One main task of the OpenPHACTS consortium is to develop an online platform that offers access to a set of integrated publicly available pharmacological data. The integration is achieved by transforming the datasets into RDF, interlink them via well-known schema's like SKOS and OWL and store this linked-data in a high-performance SPARQL database. Normally one would offer a SPARQL endpoint to the users that allows them to query this dataset. The OpenPHACTS platform does not offer direct SPARQL access because the target audience is mostly unfamiliar with this complex query language and secondly, the database would be vurnerable to the execution of inefficient queries which might consume an unacceptable amount of computational resources. Instead of SPARQL access, the platform offers a set of REST services. The functionality of these services are identified by the pharmacological experts in the consortium as being useful for the target audience (researchers in the pharmacological domain). The services are mainly SPARQL wrappers where the variables are passed via the REST parameters. Although this set of services covers a large part of the basic functionality, they are relatively primitive functions. A typical pharmacological research task involves a workflow that combines a set of these functions. In other words, the output of one function is the input of the other in the workflow of interest. SPARQL would have allowed to implement this workflow by combining the separate queries into one large query 'glued' via e.g. UNION. This talk is about using the KNIME workflow system to implement common workflows that combine the basic functions offered by the OpenPHACTS platform.Visual programming environments like KNIME and Magenta are popular among chemical researchers because they only require a limited amount of programming knowledge. We developed a set of utility components for KNIME that offer a generic way to integrate JSON REST services and in the talk some example workflows will be demonstrated. The generic utility nodes, in combination with the SWAGGER service description format allow any KNIME user to integrate existing JSON REST services in their workflows.


Program Committee


Shuangmenlou Hotel, No.185, Huju North Road, Nanjing, China

Nanjing Shuangmenlou Hotel is the former address of British Embassy in China. It has a long history dating back to 1916 and covers an area of 30,000 square meters. The hotel has a variety of precious flowers and trees, with green pine trees and maidenhair trees standing firmly and beautiful flowers blossoming all the year round. It is a garden-styled hotel boasting both modern and western architecture as well as nice and peaceful environment. In 1953, it became the appointed foreign-oriented hotel including the reception of many foreign guests, such as West German Chancellor Schmidt, President of Zambia Kaunda, and so on. Now it is affiliated with Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. Nanjing Shuangmenlou Hotel, which is located in No.185, Huju North Road, also the intersection of Huju North Road and Zhongshan North Road, has very convenient transportation.

Taxi to Nanjing Shuangmenlou Hotel

From Nanjing Lukou International Airport : distance 47.5KM. The price will be around 150RMB (day) and 200 (after 23:00) includes an expressway toll. It will take 1.5 hour if there is no traffic jam.
From Nanjing South Railway Station: distance 16.4KM. The price will be around 50RMB (day) and 70 (after 23:00). It will take around half hour.
From Nanjing Railway Station:distance 6.3KM. The price will be around 25RMB (day) and 40 (after 23:00). It will take around 20 minutes.


Time Track
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome from the organizers
09:10 - 10:00 Workflows, REST services and the Semantic Web: The OpenPHACTS scenario (Invited Talk)
Ronald Siebes (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
(Chair: Huajun Chen)
10:00 - 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 - 10:55 "Semantic Approach for Rational Use of Antibiotics: A Perspective from Clinical Research"
Xiaoli Hua, Zhisheng Huang, Rui Yang, Chen Chen, Qing Hu, Dongsheng Chen and Jingguang Gu
(Chair:Huajun Chen)
10:55 - 11:20 "Generation of Semantic Data from Guidelines for Rational Use of Antibiotics"
Qing Hu, Zhisheng Huang and Jinguang Gu
(Chair: Zhisheng Huang)
11:20 - 11:45 "Biomedical Ontology Mapping Methods based on Multiple Strategies"
An Fang, Na Hong, Sizhu Wu, Jianli Zheng and Qing Qian
(Chair: Zhisheng Huang)
11:45 - 12:10 "Detecting Hotspots in Insulin-like Growth Factors 1 Research through MetaMap and Data Mining Technologies"
Shumei Yin, Chunying Li, Yigang Zhou and Jun Huang
(Chair: Jinguang Gu)
12:10 - 12:35 "Design and Implementation of Visualization Tools for Advanced Patient Data Generator"
Minghui Zhang, Zhisheng Huang and Jinguang Gu
(Chair: Jinguang Gu)
12:35 Close


The workshop invites full papers (up to 14 pages). Submissions should be formatted according to the Lecture Notes in Computer Science guidelines for proceedings available at Papers should be submitted in PDF format.

Furthermore papers need to be submitted electronically through the EasyChair system using the following link:


The proceedings of the STeH2013 workshop will be published by Springer in its Lecturer Notes in Computer Science series. The proceedings will be published post conference.


Huajun Chen
Zhejiang University,

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