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Message 1: Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian
Date: 16-Feb-2007
From: Manuela Speranza <mansperaitc.it>
Subject: Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian


Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian
Short Title: EVALITA 2007

Date: 10-Sep-2007 - 10-Sep-2007
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact: Manuela Speranza
Contact Email: mansperaitc.it
Meeting URL: http://evalita.itc.it

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

EVALITA is a new initiative devoted to the evaluation of Natural Language
Processing tools for Italian. The general objective of EVALITA is to promote the
development of language technologies for the Italian language, providing a
shared framework where different systems and approaches can be evaluated in a
consistent manner.

EVALITA 2007
Evaluation of NLP Tools for Italian
http://evalita.itc.it
Second Call for Participation

We are pleased to announce that the registration to EVALITA 2007
is now open. We take this opportunity to launch a second call for
participation.

EVALITA is a new initiative devoted to the evaluation of Natural Language
Processing tools for Italian. The general objective of EVALITA is to promote the
development of language technologies for the Italian language, providing a
shared framework where different systems and approaches can be evaluated in a
consistent manner.

We invite participation, both from academic institutions and industrial
organizations, in five tasks, all for Italian:

- Part of Speech Tagging
- Parsing
- Word Sense Disambiguation
- Temporal Expression Recognition and Normalization
- Named Entity Recognition

As with other international evaluation campaigns, participants will be provided
with training data and will have the chance to test their systems with the
evaluation metrics and procedures to be used in the formal evaluation. More
detailed information will be provided in the guidelines of each single task
(available at the beginning of march) and on the website: http://evalita.itc.it

The results of the evaluation will be disseminated at the final workshop, which
will be organized in conjunction with AI*IA 2007 and will take place on
September 10th at Villa Mondragone, a XVI century ''Villa Tuscolana'' located
between Frascati and Monte Porzio Catone, only 20 km from Rome. Participants
will be asked to write a technical report which will be published in the
workshop proceedings and will have the opportunity to describe their systems at
the final workshop.

Participation to EVALITA is free of charge. The final workshop will have a
registration fee due to organization costs. In order to register to one or more
of the EVALITA 2007 tasks, please fill the on-line form at:
http://evalita.itc.it/registration.html


Timeline

15th Feb 2007: on-line registration opens
1st March 2007: development data and detailed guidelines
available to participants
20th May 2007: test data available; registration closes
1st June 2007: system results due to organizers
15th June 2007: assessment returned to participants
1st Aug 2007: technical reports due to organizers
10th Sept 2007: final workshop, Rome


Coordination:
Bernardo Magnini (ITC-irst) and Amedeo Cappelli (ISTI-CNR and CELCT)

Task Organization:
- PoS Tagging: Fabio Tamburini (Uni. Bologna)
- Parsing: Cristina Bosco, Alessandro Mazzei, Vincenzo Lombardo
(Uni. Torino) and Fabio Massimo Zanzotto (Uni. Roma ''Tor Vergata'')
- Word Sense Disambiguation: Nicoletta Calzolari and Francesca
Bertagna (CNR-ILC, Pisa)
- Temporal Expressions: Valentina Bartalesi Lenzi and Rachele
Sprugnoli (CELCT, Trento)
- Named Entity Recognition: Manuela Speranza (ITC-irst, Trento)

Local Organization:
Fabio Massimo Zanzotto (Uni. Roma ''Tor Vergata'')

Contact: Manuela Speranza - mansperaitc.it
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