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LINGUIST List 18.2520

Tue Aug 28 2007

Calls: Computational Linguistics/China

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        1.    Jonathan Webster, Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources

Message 1: Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources
Date: 28-Aug-2007
From: Jonathan Webster <idecs.vassar.edu>
Subject: Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources
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Modified Issue: Call Deadline Extended to Sep. 30 2007

Full Title: Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources
Short Title: ICGL

Date: 09-Jan-2008 - 11-Jan-2008
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Jonathan Webster
Web Site: http://www.wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp?eventid=161

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2007

Meeting Description:

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

First International Conference on Global Interoperability
for Language Resources

City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
9-11 January 2008

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:

- assess the state of the art in methods and schemes for
resource representation, annotation, interlinkage, and
- consider the requirements for (and obstacles to)
multi-lingual and multi-modal interoperability and
- 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;
- consider the ways in which web technologies are and may
be used to enable resource interoperability and inter-
- work toward the definition of best practice guidelines
and standards for language resource representation,
annotation, and use that will enable interoperability;
- consider means to map or harmonize linguistic
information in order to better enable cross-lingual
- provide direction for developers of resources for less
widely used languages;
- promote collaboration and cooperation among developers
of language resources across the globe;
- 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:

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

In addition to full-length paper presentations, the Program Committeealso
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 interoperabilityare
especially encouraged.

Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings, to be published
by City University Press, Hong Kong. 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/2008/html/paper.jsp).Submissions are made
through the START system, accessible at http://icgl08.cs.vassar.edu

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 30 September 2007
Camera-ready papers due: 15 November 2007
Conference dates: 9-11 January 2008

Invited 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/
Conference Inquiry: icgl2008cityu.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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