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LINGUIST List 21.101

Fri Jan 08 2010

Calls: Computational Ling/Malta

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        1.    Elizabeth Schroeder, Resources and Evaluation for Entity Resolution Workshop

Message 1: Resources and Evaluation for Entity Resolution Workshop
Date: 04-Jan-2010
From: Elizabeth Schroeder <eschroedermitre.org>
Subject: Resources and Evaluation for Entity Resolution Workshop
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Full Title: Resources and Evaluation for Entity Resolution Workshop

Date: 22-May-2010 - 22-May-2010
Location: Valletta, Malta
Contact Person: Elizabeth Schroeder
Meeting Email: eschroedermitre.org

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Feb-2010

Meeting Description:

This workshop, open to all LREC participants, builds on the success of the
workshop held at LREC08 on Resources and Evaluation for Identity Matching,
Entity Resolution and Entity Management. We hope to leverage results achieved
since that workshop and advance the state of the art.

Call for Papers

There is currently great interest in the extraction and management of structured
information from unstructured text - a need that continues to grow with ever
increasing production of unstructured information. Much of the information
extracted focuses on people, and this information must be managed - and
searchable - when stored in a structured repository. This workshop will address
the intersection of the name/record matching, entity resolution, and entity
management problems, with a focus on evaluation methodologies suited to such
systems and the language resources necessary both to perform these tasks and to
evaluate them.

Whereas entity extraction systems are usually evaluated using MUC methodology,
for example, the case is less clear for these "follow-on" technologies. Even a
seemingly simple task such as matching person names in a database context is
problematic, and although name or record matching systems can be evaluated using
IR evaluation methodologies (à la CLEF or TREC), there are still interesting
methodological issues to resolve before we can refer to a "standard" evaluation
methodology for name/record matching. Moreover, it is much less clear how to
effectively evaluate identity matching, resolution, and management systems, or
even what it means to perform an effective identity match.

Organizing Committee:
Keith J. Miller (The MITRE Corporation)
Mark Arehart (The MITRE Corporation)
Sherri Condon (The MITRE Corporation)
Jason Duncan (M.I.T. Lincoln Labs)
Louise Guthrie (University of Sheffield)
Christopher Dozier (Thomson Reuters)
Elizabeth Schroeder (The MITRE Corporation)
Massimo Poesio (Universita' di Trento)
Emanuele Pianta (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

We solicit papers discussing state-of-the-art approaches to name and record
matching, identity resolution, and identity management, as well as novel
proposals for methodologies to evaluate these technologies. Suggested topics
include, but are not limited to:

- Research in name / record matching
- Research in entity disambiguation / resolution / deconfliction
- Descriptions of systems or best practices for entity management
- Descriptons of systems that incorporate entity resolution as an essential
- Evaluation of record matching, entity disambiguation, or entity management in
- Resources for identity matching, identity resolution, or identity management
- Resources for evaluation of these technologies

Position papers on the evaluation and integration of identity resolution
technologies will also be considered for acceptance.

Important Dates:
Deadline for Paper Submission: Friday, 12 February 2010
Notification to Authors: Friday, 26 February 2010
Submission of Final Version: Friday, 12 March 2010
Workshop at LREC: Saturday, 22 May 2010

Although we are distributing a call for papers and there will be papers accepted
for presentation at the workshop, this workshop will not be a "mini-conference".
Rather, this workshop will be an interactive and dynamic event. Presentations
will serve to introduce topics for discussion and to shape the day. A
significant portion of time will be devoted to interactive exercises,
brainstorming, and other "work." The workshop will be organized such that all
attendees (including the organizers) leave the workshop more informed--having
made progress toward a contextualized and principled evaluation of identity
matching, resolution, and management systems--as well as more connected, having
begun interactive discussions that will continue after the conference.
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