[Elsnet-list] LREC 2012 Workshop: 1st CfP EEOP2012 Exploring and Exploiting Official Publications

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                        CALL FOR PAPERS

   EEOP2012: Exploring and Exploiting Official Publications

           Workshop in conjunction with LREC 2012
                 Istanbul, May 21 - 27 2012

          Workshop date: Sunday May 27 2012 (morning)
             Submission deadline: February 06 2012

Workshop description
The EEOP workshop is dedicated to the exploitation and
exploration of official publications in digital format, both at
the international level (often multilingual) and at the national
level (mostly monolingual, but in some cases multilingual as

These publications can be in written, spoken or visual form or
combinations thereof (e.g. written proceedings of parliaments,
legislative documents, audio or video recordings of parliament
sessions, simultaneous translations by interpreters or in sign

Well-known examples of freely accessible publications of this
type include:
* UN documents (in 7 languages)
* The Canadian Hansard (English and French)
* EU documents from the European Parliament (EuroParl) and the
   European Commission (JRC-Acquis, DGT Translation Memory), in
   all official EU languages
* Swiss national documents (in 3 or 4 languages)

The workshop covers the whole lifecycle of these publications,
ranging from acquisition, annotation, instrumentation,
exploration of data and content, exploitation of data and content
to support research and the development of tools and

The main objectives of the workshop are
* To create awareness of the importance of official publications
   by showing the research and development possibilities they
* To share results, experiences and problems emerging from work
   on a variety of corpora, modalities and languages
* To identify actions that could be undertaken to enhance the
   exploration and exploitation of official publications at the
   international, cross-national and national level

Motivation and topics
Official publications can be of tremendous importance for the
research communities interested in human language technology (in
the broadest possible sense) and for the communities interested
in linguistics, psychology, history, social sciences and
political sciences because they have a number of specific
characteristics that make them different from other language
* If they exist in digital form they are normally public and
* They grow continuously;
* They are often multilingual and parallel;
* They lend themselves for exploitation (as training material for
   tools and sometimes possibly even for niche applications);
* They lend themselves for exploration to support linguistic
   studies, studies about human behaviour, about changes in
   society, attitudes, and many other possible research topics in
   the humanities and social sciences;
* Because of their comparability they lend themselves for porting
   technologies, methods and expertise between languages;
* They lend themselves for educational purposes for
   technologists, linguists and other scholars.

Target audiences
Primary audience
* Language and speech technology researchers from academia and
* Humanities and social sciences scholars with an interest in
   digital methods
* Educators in these fields

Additional beneficiaries
* Professionals interested in analysing political behaviour or
   processes (e.g. journalists, policy makers, policy watchers)
* Parties interested in providing or exploiting such analysis
   tools on a commercial basis
* Translation studies scholars
* Comparative linguists

The workshop covers the full lifecycle of digital official
publications, including but not limited to:
* Permanent curation of official publications
* Policies for making official publications available
* Tools and applications for working with official publications
* Experiments carried out on official publications and
   interesting research results;
* Linking official publications to other data sources
* Identification of possible actions to exploit opportunities and
   take away obstacles
* Using the official publications and tools to work with these
   data for educational purposes

Submissions may address any of these topics, but priority will be
given to papers that present novel ideas and results.

- 06 Feb 2012: Abstract submission deadline
- 05 March 2012: Notifications
- 23 March 2012: Final paper submission deadline
- 27 May 2012: Workshop (in the morning)

Abstracts are 4-6 pages long, including pictures and references.
The format is PDF.

We use the START System for submission of abstracts and final
versions: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2012/EEOP2012/

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be
asked to provide essential information about resources (in a
broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits,
etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or
are a new result of your research. For further information on
this new initiative, please refer to
http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2012/?LRE-Map-2012" .

Organisation and information
Contact person: Steven Krauwer (s.krauwer at uu.nl )
Workshop homepage: http://utrecht.elsnet.org/EEOP2012

Organising committee:
- Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University / CLARIN
- Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI / META-Net
- Nicoletta Calzolari, CNR-ILC / ELRA
- Ralf Steinberger, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
- Arjan van Hessen, University of Twente / CLARIN.NL
- Maarten Marx, University of Amsterdam

The workshop is a joint initiative between
- CLARIN http://www.clarin.eu/
- META-Net http://www.meta-net.eu/
- JRC http://langtech.jrc.ec.europa.eu
- ELRA http://www.elra.info

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