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LINGUIST List 21.110

Fri Jan 08 2010

Calls: Computational Ling/Malta

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        1.    Helene Mazo, Web Services and Processing Pipelines in HLT

Message 1: Web Services and Processing Pipelines in HLT
Date: 06-Jan-2010
From: Helene Mazo <mazoelda.org>
Subject: Web Services and Processing Pipelines in HLT
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Full Title: Web Services and Processing Pipelines in HLT
Short Title: WSPP2010

Date: 17-May-2010 - 18-May-2010
Location: Valletta, Malta
Contact Person: Olivier Hamon
Meeting Email: hamonelda.org
Web Site: http://workshops.elda.org/wspp2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Feb-2010

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Web Services and Processing Pipelines in HLT: Tool Evaluation, LR
Production and Validation
To be held in conjunction with the 7th International Language Resources and
Evaluation Conference (LREC 2010)
17­-18 May 2010, Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta

The workshop focuses on current uses and best practices for the deployment of
web services and web interfaces in the HLT domain, including processing
pipelines, LR production and validation, and evaluation of tools.

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: 22 February 2010

Workshop Description

With the emergence of large e­infrastructures and the widespread adoption of the
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm, more and more language technology
is being made available through web services. Extending such services to
linguistic processing pipelines, tool evaluation or LR production and validation
involves considering both the methodologies and technical aspects specific to
the application domains.

Distributed architectures such as web services allow communication and data
exchange between applications. They are a suitable instrument for automatic,
less often semi­automatic, tool evaluation as well as resource production
processes both for practical and conceptual reasons. At a practical level, web
services support quick results, centralised data storage, remote access etc.; at
a conceptual level, they allow for the combination of more than one processing
components that may be located on different sites. Such processing pipelines are
set up to tackle a particular analysis task. To support these, new techniques
have to be developed that organise well­established practices into workflows and
support the exchange of data by standards and open tool architectures.

The workshop focuses on current uses and best practices for the deployment of
web services and web interfaces in the HLT domain, including processing
pipelines, LR production and validation, and evaluation of tools. It highlights
relevant aspects for the integration of linguistic or evaluation web services
within infrastructures (e.g. authorisation and authentication, service
registries) and infrastructural requirements (e.g. interface harmonisation,
metadata generation). The workshop also aims at demonstrating different
approaches on how to combine linguistic web services into a composite web service.

The expected outcome of the workshop is a comparison of the practices in
architectures and processing pipelines that people build and discussion of the
issues involved. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Technical aspects: approaches, protocols, management of huge amounts of data,
data structures and formats, performance, manual components (e.g. annotation or
evaluation), composition and configuration, interoperability, security,
monitoring and recovery strategies, standardisation of APIs, tools and
frameworks supporting HLT services deployment, architectures.

- Scientific aspects: influence of web services on evaluation or resource
production, meta­evaluation / validation of architectures, annotation
agreements, needs for tools evaluation and resource production, status of the
data produced.

- Commercial aspects: licensing, privacy, advertising, brokering, business
possibilities, challenges, exploitation of the resulting data.

Chairing Committee
Núria Bel (Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada, Universitat Pompeu
Fabra, Spain)
Olivier Hamon (Evaluations and Language resources Distribution Agency (ELDA)
Elke Teich (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Organising Committee
Peter Fankhauser (L3S Hannover, Germany)
Maria Gavrilidou (Institute for Language and Speech Processing, Greece)
Gerhard Heyer (Department of Natural Language Processing, University of Leipzig,
Zdravko Kacic (University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, Slovenia)
Mark Kemps­Snijders (MPI, the Netherlands)
Andreas Witt (IDS Mannheim, Germany)

Programme Committee
Sophia Ananiadou (School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, England)
Victoria Arranz (ELDA, France)
Volker Boehlke (University of Leipzig, DE)
Gaël de Chalendar (CEA, France)
Key­Sun Choi (KAIST, Korea)
Dan Cristea (University of Iasis, Romania)
Thierry Declerck (DFKI, Germany)
Christoph Draxler (LMU München, Germany)
Nicola Ferro (University of Padua, Italy)
Riccardo del Grata (ILC, Italy)
Iryna Gurevych (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
Yoshihiko Hayashi (Osaka University, Japan)
Nicolas Hernandez (Université de Nantes, France)
Radu Ion (Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian Academy, Romania)
Yoshinobu Kano (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Yohei Murakami (NICT, Japan)
Jan Odijk (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Patrick Paroubek (LIMSI, France)
Kay Peterson (NIST, U.S.A.)
Maciej Piasecki (Instytut Informatyki Stosowanej, Poland)
Mark Przybocki (NIST, U.S.A.)
Matej Rojc (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
Felix Sasaki (W3C / FH Potsdam, Germany)
Junichi Tsujii (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Dan Tufis (RACAI, Romania)
Karin Verspoor (University of Colorado, U.S.A.)
Graham Wilcock (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: Monday 22 February 2010
Notification of acceptance: Monday 15 March 2010
Final version due: Tuesday 23 March 2010
Workshop : 17­18 May 2010

Submission Format
Full papers up to 8 pages should be formatted according to LREC 2010 guidelines
and be submitted through the online submission form
(https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/WebServices2010/) on START. For further
queries, please contact Olivier Hamon at hamon_at_elda_dot_org. 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
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