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LINGUIST List 21.58

Wed Jan 06 2010

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Malta

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        1.    Helene Mazo, Language Resources: From Storyboard to Sustainability and LR Lifecycle Management

Message 1: Language Resources: From Storyboard to Sustainability and LR Lifecycle Management
Date: 06-Jan-2010
From: Helene Mazo <mazoelda.org>
Subject: Language Resources: From Storyboard to Sustainability and LR Lifecycle Management
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Full Title: Language Resources: From Storyboard to Sustainability and LR Lifecycle Management
Short Title: LRSLM2010

Date: 23-May-2010 - 23-May-2010
Location: Valletta, Malta
Contact Person: Victoria Arranz
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://workshops.elda.org/lrslm2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-May-2010

Meeting Description:

Language Resources: From Storyboard to Sustainability and LR Lifecycle Management

To be held in conjunction with the 7th International Language Resources and
Evaluation Conference (LREC 2010)

23 May 2010, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta

Workshop Programme and Audience Addressed

This full-day workshop aims to address all those involved with language resources at some point of their research/work (LR users, producers, ...) and all those with an interest in the different aspects involved, whether universities, companies or funding agencies of some nature. It aims to be a meeting and discussion point for the so many bottlenecks surrounding the life of a resource and which remain to be addressed with a sustainability plan.

The workshop features two invited talks, opening the morning and afternoon sessions, submitted papers, and will conclude with a round table to brainstorm on the issues raised during the presentations and the individual discussions. This round table will be run by a number of experts already experienced in some of the highlighted problems and in open discussion with the workshop participants. In short, this workshop will result in a plan of action towards a sustainability and lifecycle management plan to implement.

Invited Speakers:

To be announced on the workshop web site.

http://workshops.elda.org/lrslm2010/ (under construction)

Deadline for submission: 22 February 2010

Call for Papers


The life of a language resource (LR), from its mere conception and drafting to its adult phases of active exploitation by the HLT community, varies considerably. Ensuring that language resources be a part of a sustainable and endurable living process represents a multi-faceted challenge that certainly calls for well-planned anti-neglecting actions to be put into action by the different actors participating in the process. Clearing all IPR issues, exploiting best practices at specification and production time are just a few samples of such actions. Sustainability and lifecycle management issues are thus concepts that should be addressed before endeavouring into any serious LR production.

When thinking of long-term LRs a number of aspects come to our minds which do not always succeed to be taken into account before development. Some of these aspects are usability, accessibility, interoperability and scalability, which inevitably call for a long list of neglected points that would need to be taken into account at a very early stage of development. Looking further into the portability and scalability of a language resource, a number of dimensions should be taken into account to ensure that a language resource reaches its adult life in an active and productive way.

An aspect that is often neglected is the accessibility and thus secured reusability of a language resource. Institutions such as ELRA (European Language Resources Association) and LDC (Linguistic Data Consortium), at a European and American level, respectively, as well as BAS (Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals) and TST-Centrale (Flemish-Dutch Human Language Technology Agency), at a language-specific level, have worked on these aspects for a large number of years. Through their different activities, they have successfully implemented a sharing policy which allows different users to gain access to already existing resources. Other emerging programmes such as CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) are also looking into these aspects. Nevertheless, many resources still follow development without a long-term accessibility plan into place which makes impossible to gain access once the resource is finished. This accessibility plan should consider issues such as ownership rights, licensing and types of use, aiming for a wide community from the very beginning. This accessibility plan calls for an optimal co-operation between all actors (LR users, financing bodies, owners, developers and organisations) so that issues related to the life of a LR are well established, roles and actors are clearly identified within the cycle and best practices are defined towards the management of the entire LR lifecycle.

We are aware, though, that these above-presented ideas are but a take-off for discussion. It is at this point that we would like to invite the community to participate in this workshop and share with us their views on these and other relevant issues of concern. A fruitful discussion could lead us to finding new mechanisms to support perpetuating language resources, and may lead us towards a sustainability model that guarantees an appropriate and well-defined LR storyboard and lifecycle management plan in the future.

Among the many issues and topics that may be presented and discussed during this workshop, we would like to already suggest the following:

-Which fields require LRs and which are their respective needs?

-What needs to be part of a LR storyboard? What points are we missing in its design?

-General specifications vs. detailed specifications and design

-Annotation frameworks and layers: interoperable at all?

-Should creation and provision of LRs be included in higher education curriculae?

-How to plan for scalable resources?

-Language Resource maintenance and improvement: feasible?

-Sharing language resources: how to bear this in mind and implement it? Logistics of the sharing: online vs. offline

-Centralised vs. decentralised, and national vs. international management and maintenance of LRs

-What happens when users create updated or derived LRs?

-Sharing language resources: legal issues concerned

-Sharing language resources: pricing issues concerned, commercial vs. non-commercial use

-Do LR actors work in a synchronised manner?

-What should be the roles of the different actors?

-What are the business models and arrangements for IPRs?

-Self-supporting vs. subsidised LR organisations

-Other general problems faced by the community

We solicit papers that address these questions and other related issues relevant to the workshop.

Organising Committee:

Victoria Arranz (Evaluations and Language resources Distribution Agency (ELDA)/ European Language resources Association (ELRA), France)

Khalid Choukri (ELDA - Evaluations and Language resources Distribution Agency/ ELRA - European Language resources Association, France)

Christopher Cieri (LDC - Linguistic Data Consortium, USA)

Laura van Eerten (Flemish-Dutch HLT Agency, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, The Netherlands)

Bente Maegaard (CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Stelios Piperidis (ILSP - Institute for Language and Speech Processing/ ELRA - European Language resources Association, France)

Remco van Veenendaal (Flemish-Dutch HLT Agency, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, The Netherlands)

Programme Committee:

Núria Bel (Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

Nicoletta Calzolari (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR (ILC-CNR) – Italy)

Jean Carletta (Human Communication Research Centre, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Catia Cucchiarini (Nederlandse Taalunie, the Netherlands)

Christoph Draxler (Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals, Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing (BAS), Germany)

Maria Gavrilidou (Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), Greece)

Nancy Ide (Department of Computer Science, Vassar College, USA)

Steven Krauwer (UiL OTS, Utretch University, the Netherlands)

Asunción Moreno (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain)

Dirk Roorda (Data Archiving and Networked Services, the Netherlands)

Ineke Schuurman (Centre for Computational Linguistics, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium)

Claudia Soria (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR (ILC-CNR) – Italy)

Stephanie M. Strassel (Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), USA)

Andreas Witt (IDS Mannheim, Germany)

Peter Wittenburg (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands)

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 22 February 2010

Notification to Authors: Friday 12 March 2010

Submission of Final Version: Sunday 21 March 2010

Workshop: Sunday 23 May 2010


Abstracts should be no longer than 1500 words and should be submitted in PDF format through the online submission form on START (https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/Sustainability2010/). For further queries, please contact Victoria Arranz at arranzelda.org or Laura van Eerten at laura.vaneerteninl.nl.

When submitting a paper through the START page, authors will be kindly asked to provide relevant information about the resources that have been used for the work described in their paper or that are the outcome of their research. For further information on this new initiative, please refer to http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2010/?LREC2010-Map-of-Language-Resources.

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