[Elsnet-list] CFP: First International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources

Mark Huckvale m.huckvale at ucl.ac.uk
Sat Apr 28 14:44:37 CEST 2007


Announcement and First Call for Papers

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
on
GLOBAL INTEROPERABILITY FOR LANGUAGE RESOURCES

City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
9-11 January 2008
http://icgl.ctl.cityu.edu.hk/

Language resources, including not only corpora but also lexicons,
knowledge bases and ontologies, grammars, etc. support the development
of language processing applications that are increasingly important to
the global society. Substantial effort has been devoted to the creation
of such resources for the world?s major languages over the past decades,
and new projects are developing similar resources for less widely-used
languages. Some standards and best practices have emerged for
representing and linking language corpora and annotations, efforts
such as ?Global WordNet? and the development of framenets in multiple
languages seek to create and link specific lexical and semantic
resources across languages, and there are efforts to integrate such 
resources into  general ontologies such as SUMO. As the need for 
cross-lingual studies  and applications grows, it is increasingly 
important to develop resources in the world?s languages that can be 
compared and linked, used and analyzed with common software, and that 
contain linguistic information for the same or comparable phenomena. We 
envision the eventual development of a ?global web? of language 
resources, wherein, for example, linguistically-annotated corpora in 
multiple languages are inter- linked via the use of common categories, 
or categories that are mapped to one another; resources such as wordnets 
and framenets are linked not only to versions in different languages, 
but also to each other; and common representations enable analysis and 
use of resources in different languages and of different types within 
available systems.

The first international conference on Global Interoperability for
Language Resources will bring together designers, developers, and users
of corpora and other language resources from across the globe, in order to:

o  assess the state of the art in methods and schemes for resource
representation, annotation, interlinkage, and access;
o  consider the requirements for (and obstacles to) multi-lingual and
multi-modal interoperability and standardization;
o  consider the requirements for achieving interoperability among
multi-lingual resources of different types, including corpora, lexicons,
knowledge bases, ontologies, etc., as well as the systems and frameworks 
that enable their creation and exploitation;
o  consider the ways in which web technologies are and may be used to
enable resource interoperability and inter-linkage;
o  work toward the definition of best practice guidelines and standards
for language resource representation, annotation, and use that will
enable interoperability;
o  consider means to map or harmonize linguistic information in order to
better enable cross-lingual studies;
o  provide direction for developers of resources for less widely used
languages;
o  promote collaboration and cooperation among developers of language
resources across the globe; o  consider ways to provide central or
distributed access to language resources developed throughout the world.

TOPICS

Paper submissions are invited on (but not limited to) the following
topics:

o  multi-lingual and/or multi-modal language resources, with focus on
the mechanisms enabling interoperability;
o  support for multi-linguality and multi-modality in systems/frameworks
for resource creation, annotation, use, and access;
o  existing and proposed standards for language resources, including
standards for linguistic annotations at any and all linguistics levels;
o  systems, frameworks, and architectures to support the development and
exploitation of interoperable language resources;
o  evaluation of existing resources, systems and frameworks, and/or
standards in terms of support for interoperability;
o  harmonization, integration, and/or linking of language resources,
including corpora, wordnets, framenets, ontologies, etc.;
o  web-based technologies for resource interoperability, inter-linkage,
and access;
o  ontologies for language resources, especially for support of
multi-linguality, multi-culturality, and multi-modality.

PROCEEDINGS

Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings, to be
published by City University Press, Hong Kong. Beijing. A selection of
outstanding conference presentations will be published in a special
issue of the journal Language Resources and Evaluation.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions should be no more than 8 pages in length, including
bibliography and any appendices. Author instructions will be posted on
the conference web site.

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper submission deadline:     31 August 2007
Notification of acceptance:    30 September 2007
Camera-ready papers due:       31 October 2007
Conference dates:              9-11 January 2008

INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Nicoletta Calzolari	Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Christiane Fellbaum	Princeton University, USA
David Ferruci*		IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
Charles Fillmore	International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA
Nancy Ide		Vassar College, USA
D. Terrence Langendoen	University of Arizona and the U. S. National
Science Foundation
* to be confirmed

CONFERENCE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Conference Convener:	Jonathan Webster, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Co-Chairs:	Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
			Alex Chengyu Fang, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Secretary:	Ernest Lam, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Webmaster:	Kin Tat Ko, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Website:	http://icgl.ctl.cityu.edu.hk/
Conference Inquiry:	icgl2008 at cityu.edu.hk

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Eric Atwell, Leeds University, UK
Harry Bunt, the University of Tilburg, Holland
Bran Bogureav, IBM, USA
Nicoletta Calzolari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Key-Sun Choi, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South
Korea
Khalid Choukri, Evaluations and Language Resources Distribution Agency,
France
Chris Cieri, Linguistic Data Consortium, USA
Arienne Dwyer, University of Kansas, USA
Alex Chengyu Fang, City University, Hong Kong
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA
Charles Fillmore, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley,
USA
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Eva Hajicova, Charles University, Czech Republic
Erhard Hinrichs, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen,  Germany
Mark Huckvale, University College London, UK
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Hitoshi Isahara, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology, Japan
Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan Kiyong Lee, Korea University, South
Korea
Duo Li, Peking University, China
Inderjeet Mani, Georgetown University, USA
Srini Narayanan, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA
Adam Pease, Articulate Software, USA
Sameer Pradhan, BBN Technologies, USA
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA
Laurent Romary, Max-Planck Digital Library, Germany
Vasile Rus, the University of Memphis, USA
Pavel Smrz, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Maosong Sun, Tsinghua University, China
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology,
Japan Piek Vossen, Vrije University, Holland
Jonathan Webster, City University, Hong Kong
Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Holland
Yihua Zhang, Guangdong University of Forei



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