[Elsnet-list] CFP: ICGL 2010 Hong Kong

Alex Chengyu Fang acfang at cityu.edu.hk
Wed Aug 12 08:58:24 CEST 2009

Announcement and First Call for Papers

ICGL2010: The Second International Conference on Global Interoperability for
Language Resources

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR, China

18-20 January 2010


Language resources, including not only corpora but also lexicons, knowledge
bases, ontologies, and grammars, 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 the 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-purpose ontologies such as

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. Interoperability
also fosters universal access to language resources, enabling researchers
who have fewer resources for performing costly and time-consuming
transductions to have the same capabilities as others.

The Second International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language
Resources will bring together designers, developers, and users of language
resources, tools, frameworks, and infrastructures from across the globe, in
order to:

!P         assess the state of the art in methods and schemes for resource
representation, annotation, processing, interlinkage, and access;

!P         consider the ways in which web technologies are and may be used
to enable resource accessibility, interoperability and inter-linkage;

!P         consider the requirements for (and obstacles to) full
interoperability, especially with regard to multi-lingual and multi-modal

!P         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;

!P         work toward the definition of best practice guidelines and
standards for language resource representation, annotation, and use that
will enable interoperability;

!P         consider means to map or harmonize linguistic information in
order to better enable cross-lingual studies;

!P         provide direction for developers of resources for less widely
used languages;

!P         promote collaboration and cooperation among developers of
language resources and tools across the globe;

!P         consider ways to provide central or distributed access to
language resources developed throughout the world. 

>>> This year's conference will include a special focus on the use of
web-based technologies for interoperability and open access to language



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

!P      web-based technologies for resource interoperability, inter-linkage,
and access;

!P      multi-lingual and/or multi-modal language resources, with focus on
the mechanisms enabling interoperability;

!P      support for multi-linguality and multi-modality in
systems/frameworks for resource creation, annotation,  use, and access;

!P      existing and proposed standards for language resources, including
standards for linguistic annotations at any and all linguistics levels;

!P      systems, frameworks, and architectures to support the development
and use of interoperable language resources;

!P      evaluation of existing resources, systems and frameworks, and/or
standards in terms of support for interoperability;

!P      harmonization, integration, and/or linking of language resources,
including corpora, wordnets, framenets, ontologies, etc.;

!P      ontologies for language resources, especially for support of
multi-linguality, multi-culturality, and multi-modality. 



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 will be posted on the conference web


Important dates

Paper submission deadline: 15 September 2009

Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2009

Camera-ready papers due: 31 October 2009

Conference dates: 18-20 January 2010


Invited Keynote Speakers

To be announced.


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:// <http://icgl.ctl.cityu.edu.hk/>

Conference Inquiry: icgl2010 at cityu.edu.hk

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