[Elsnet-list] 2nd CFP: First International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources

Alex Chengyu Fang acfang at cityu.edu.hk
Mon Jul 30 09:04:32 CEST 2007

Second 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/> 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

The First International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources
(IGCL) 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
o consider ways to provide central or distributed access to language resources developed
throughout the world.


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 and best practice guidelines 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 interoperability of ontologies for language processing research;
o support for multi-linguality, multi-culturality, and multi-modality.

In addition to full-length paper presentations, the Programme Committee invites proposals
for posters addressing any of the above topics. Posters describing existing or developing
resources or tools that provide an assessment of needs and/or considerations for
interoperability are especially encouraged.


Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings. A selection of outstanding
conference presentations will be published in a special issue of the journal Language
Resources and Evaluation.


Submissions should be no more than 8 pages in length, including bibliography and any
appendices. Author instructions are provided on the conference web site
<http://icgl.ctl.cityu.edu.hk/submissions.html> ).

Submissions will be handled electronically by the START system. To upload your paper,
please go to  <http://icgl08.cs.vassar.edu/> http://icgl08.cs.vassar.edu.

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

Keynote Speakers

Nicoletta Calzolari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, 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
Eric Nyberg, Language Technologies Institute,Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

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/> 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 Foreign Studies, China


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