Some 200 participants enjoyed 3 days of biomedical ontology at the first ICBO conference, preceded by 4 days of classes and tutorials on topics ranging from spatial ontology and qualitative reasoning to the metaphysical foundations of biomedical ethics. The meeting itself included 38 presentations, 43 posters, 6 software demonstrations, 2 panels, and 1 plenary lecture (by Howard Garner, on the use of high-powered text-mining software applied to PubMed for drug discovery).
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