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Wed Jul 27 2011

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Germany

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        1.     Sebastian Nordhoff , Linked Data in Linguistics

Message 1: Linked Data in Linguistics
Date: 26-Jul-2011
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <sebastian_nordhoffeva.mpg.de>
Subject: Linked Data in Linguistics
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Full Title: Linked Data in Linguistics
Short Title: LDL 2012

Date: 07-Mar-2012 - 09-Mar-2012
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Contact Person: Sebastian Nordhoff
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://ldl2012.lod2.eu

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

Linked Data in Linguistics
Representing and Connecting Language Data and Language Metadata
Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS), to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, March 7-9, 2012
Venue: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The explosion of information technology has led to a substantial growth in
quantity, diversity and complexity of linguistic data accessible over the
Internet. These resources become even more useful when linked with each
other. This workshop will present principles, use cases, and best practices
for using the linked data paradigm[a] to represent, exploit, store, and
connect different types of linguistic data collections.

The intended audience includes empirically-working linguists and
philologists interested in the representation, exchange and interlinking of
linguistic data and metadata, computer scientists and computational
linguists interested in the application of Semantic Web formalisms and
technologies to language data, and developers of infrastructures for
linguistic data and other researchers with an interest in both aspects.

The last years have seen the rapid development of linguistic data
collections available over the Internet. The workshop intends to address
questions and use cases for the creation, publication and application of
data collections including (but not limited to):

1. Language archives for (endangered) languages that contain a wealth of
textual material as well as audio and video (DOBES, PARADISEC, ELAR). How
can this material be mobilized?
2. Typological databases such as the World Atlas of Language Structures
(WALS), or the Typological Database System (TDS) provide rich repositories
of information about languages and their respective features. An
interesting feature would be to combine the information from these
resources, for example, ‘Is it true that OV languages [WALS feature 83A]
are characterized by pitch accent [TDS, StressTyp data base]’? How can such
queries be accomplished?
3. Computational lexicography uses formalisms such as RDF, SKOS and OWL to
encode dictionaries and to employ them in different applications. What are
the practical benefits of this representation?
4. Lexical-semantic resources such as WordNet, FrameNet and general
knowledge bases like DBpedia and Yago represent the very foundation of
computational semantics, and are also available in OWL and RDF. How does
this representation improve the accessibility and the application of these
5. Linguistic corpora involve an increasing diversity of annotations such
as syntax, semantics and coreference (e.g.,
PennTreeBank/PropBank/PennDiscourseTreebank, OntoNotes, SALSA/TIGER). How
can such multi-layered corpora be represented, evaluated and connected to
electronic lexicons, lexical-semantic resources, or metadata repositories?
6. Metadata repositories provide common vocabularies for the description of
other types of linguistic data, thus enabling to compare and integrate
them. This includes information about languages (e.g. in LL-MAP or
Mulitree), but also information about linguistic data categories and
phenomena (e.g. in GOLD and ISOcat). How do such common repositories
improve the re-usability of linguistic resources in research and in
Semantic Web applications?

It is the challenge of our time to store, interlink and exploit this wealth
of data. Our workshop leverages the Digital Humanities paradigm within
linguistics, focusing on the use of information technology to improve
data-driven linguistic research.

Invited Speakers:

Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Nancy Ide (American National Corpus, Vassar College)

Call for Papers:

This workshop invites researchers from the fields of language
documentation, typology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, as
well as researchers from other empirically-oriented disciplines of
linguistics who share an interest in data and metadata modelling with
Semantic Web technologies such as RDF or OWL.

Topics of Interests:

We invite contributions related (but not limited) to one of the following

1. Use cases and project proposals for the creation, maintenance and
publication of linguistic data collections that are linked with other
2. Modelling linguistic data and metadata with OWL and/or RDF
3. Ontologies for linguistic data and metadata collections
4. Applications of such data, other ontologies or linked data from any
subdiscipline of linguistics (may include work in progress or project
5. Legal and social aspects of Linked Linguistic Data


For submission details, please consult the workshop webpage:


Important Dates:

August 7, 2011: Deadline for extended abstracts (four pages plus references)
September 9, 2011: Notification of acceptance
October 23, 2011: One-page abstract for DGfS conference proceedings
December 1, 2011: Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings (eight pages
plus references)
March 7-9, 2012: Workshop
March 6-9, 2012: Conference


Beside the discussion of projects, experiences and open questions, the
workshop hopes to support the on-going development of a community of
researchers interested in linked linguistic data. This involves the
following aspects:

1. The primary goal is to establish interdisciplinary contact across the
boundaries between different subdisciplines of applied linguistics,
computational linguistics and neighbouring fields. We are under the
impression that people coming from very different backgrounds encounter
similar issues in their work and that there is potential for synergies here.
2. The second goal is to increase the amount of Linked Open Data on the web
so that researchers can make use of the data already out there. In other
words: we want to find the data giants on whose shoulders future
generations would be able to stand, and convince them to make their data
available as Linked Data.
3. The third goal is to discuss strategies, reasons and problems to publish
linguistic data under open licensed, with the perspective to increase the
prestige of data as a form of scientific production which does not need to
shy away from comparison with more established genres like articles or

Workshop Organizers:

Sebastian Nordhoff (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany)
Christian Chiarcos (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Sebastian Hellmann (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Programme Committee:


The workshop is endorsed and sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology (http://www.eva.mpg.de) and the LOD2 project:
Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data (http://lod2.eu)

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