The 16th Annual International Biocuration Conference (Biocuration 2023), supported by the ISB, invites attendees to consider two grand challenges for the future of biocuration and the growing biocuration community:

  1. Given the widespread interest in making data, metadata, and knowledge more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and TRUST-worthy (Transparency, Responsibility, User Focus, Sustainability, and Technology), how can the community move past these as superficial platitudes and towards real impact?
  2. How can our community spread past the prefix of bio- and into adjacent domains of chemistry, clinical informatics, agriculture, ecology, and related natural sciences? These themes align with our community’s core values of openness, transparency, collaboration, and reusability on both a philosophical and technical level.

We invite authors to submit abstracts (500 words maximum) for oral or poster presentations at Biocuration 2023 that highlight their recent work in either biocuration or more broadly curation in the life, natural, or computational sciences. Submissions can span disciplines such as the generation of curated resources (e.g., databases, ontologies), the development of methods (e.g., natural language processing, machine learning-based analyses), the philosophy of curation, and ultimately the applications and analyses relying on curated resources.

List of suggested topics for Submission:

The above topics are not exhaustive and we welcome other topics that are related to Biocuration efforts as well.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts can be submitted to be considered for oral presentations or poster presentations through EasyChair until January 3rd, 2023. Abstract submission for oral presentation is now closed.

Late-breaking poster submission opens on February 1st, 2023. Submissions can be sent through EasyChair and considered on a rolling basis. Late-breaking poster submission closes on March 31st, 2023.

Workshop Proposals (Closed)

Workshop proposals can be submitted for consideration through this form until December 23rd, 2022.

Biocuration Virtual Issue 2023 in Database

Abstracts accepted for poster and oral presentation at the conference may additionally be submitted for consideration as part of the Biocuration Virtual Issue 2023 in Database. If you wish for your paper to be considered for inclusion, please submit it to the journal before April 30th, 2023 and indicate in your cover letter that a corresponding abstract has been accepted for presentation at the conference. At Step 6 (Details and Comments) of the submission process, there is a choice at the bottom Is this manuscript a submission for a Virtual Issue?. Click “Yes”, select “Biocuration Virtual Issue”, and then “Save and Continue”.