[Elsnet-list] ISocat tutorial LREC 2012

Ineke Schuurman ineke at ccl.kuleuven.be
Tue Mar 13 12:31:30 CET 2012

ISOcat in daily life:
possible uses of a large repository of widely used linguistic concepts

LREC 2012 tutorial, Istanbul, Turkey
(Monday 21 May 2012)

Language resources are a very valuable asset, whether they come just with metadata, or with one or several types of annotation (PoS, syntax, semantics, ...). Not only now, where they form the basis for new scientific publications, but also in de future when new research might need to reassess previous findings. In order to relate annotation or metadata schemes, for example when comparing two syntactically annotated corpora, when adding a layer of annotation making use of a previous one, or when comparing various instantiations of the 'same' annotation scheme (which may have been adapted over time), one needs information on these schemes, preferably in relation to each other, to be able to perform such a task. ISOcat can be used for such a task, alone or in combination with RELcat and SCHEMAcat. They enable you to specify relations between (parts of) schemes.

ISOcat is a linguistic concept database developed by ISO TC 37 to provide reference semantics for annotation schemata (both features/attributes and values, all of which are designated as Data Categories (DCs) in the context of the repository). Some of the DC specifications in ISOcat will be standardized, meaning that their use is promoted. These items will mainly be descriptions that are general enough to be used by as many users as possible. In some cases, however, the theoretical background of an annotation scheme presupposes different definitions from those available, which necessitates the creation of new, perhaps closely related DCs.


This tutorial will teach how to deal with DCs in ISOcat. It will provide hands on experience with the ISOcat web interface (viewer and editor), show how to find existing DCs, how and when to create new ones, how to work with DC Selections (DCS; coherent, defined sets of DCs), etc.

Instructional sessions will be alternated with practical ones as well as with reports from experienced users, who will explain why they make use of ISOcat, and what are its benefits. After the tutorial the participants should be able to decide when an existing DC can be reused, when a new one is to be defined and how this new DC relates to the existing ones. They will also be able to construct such new DCSs as well as new DCs. During the tutorial the participants will make use of the ISOcat "testbed", which will enable them to experiment without doing any harm to the "real" ISOcat.

The reporting, experienced users are:

     * Matej Durco, ICLTT Austrian Academy of Sciences, CMDI expert [on relating metadata]
     * Irina Nevskaya, U.Frankfurt&  F.U.Berlin, expert ISOcat-user (RELISH, MDF, GOLD) [on adding schemes into ISOcat]
     * Franca Wesseling, Meertens Instituut, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, expert ISOcat-user (EdiSyn project) [on using ISOcat to relate corpora]
     * Sue Ellen Wright - Kent State University, convenor ISO 12620:2009 and chair DCR Board [on ISOcat itself]

For any additional information please feel free to contact the organizers:

    1. Ineke Schuurman (KU Leuven&  Utrecht University) ISOcat content coordinator CLARIN-NL
    2. Menzo Windhouwer (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen) developer of ISOcat and RELcat

More information is to appear on our website:http://www.isocat.org/2012-LREC-ISOcat/

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