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LINGUIST List 25.74

Wed Jan 08 2014

Calls: Computational Ling, Discourse Analysis, Forensic Ling, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling/Iceland

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Dec-2013
From: Carl Vogel <vogeltcd.ie>
Subject: DIMPLE: DIsaster Management and Principled Large-scale Extraction
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Full Title: DIMPLE: DIsaster Management and Principled Large-scale Extraction
Short Title: DIMPLE

Date: 31-May-2014 - 31-May-2014
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Contact Person: Khurshid Ahmad
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

DIMPLE is a half-day workshop involving experts in civil protection, in information extraction, and in ethics and societal matters, to discuss the role of digital media in disaster management and emergency relief and logistics (DMEL). The use of social media and of formal media, has been instrumental in disaster monitoring and management during hurricanes in the United States of America recently and during the SARS emergency to a lesser extent. Systems that have been reported almost exclusively rely on textual information but there has been increasing use of images/videos in DMEL. There is an increasing debate on the ethical and broader societal impact, of the use of social media in situations as intrusive as disaster and emergency relief.

This workshop will have three plenary lectures: on information extraction, on civil protection using social media, and the societal impact of the use of digital media comprising information about people, places and events. The topics include ontology and terminology of disasters and disaster relief; capture and real time analysis of textual and visual information from social media and formal media in a multilingual and multicultural environment; 'Big Data' narratives of disaster management; ethical and societal issues in mass surveillance; civil protection and social media.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the intrinsic connection between civil protection, information gathering and analysis, and societal impact. The mediation of these connections through the agency of language will be the central theme of the workshop. The workshop will explore how this mediation can be situated in the context of broader societal impact especially the impact of the value system of one stakeholder on others.

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited on the use of information extraction from digital media text and image streams with a focus on disaster monitoring, early warning systems, and post-disaster emergency relief. This is an interdisciplinary workshop where experts in textual and visual information extraction will discuss the issues of disaster management with experts in civil protection and with scholars in ethics and value systems. The workshop will provide a welcoming forum for presenting advances in analytical methods. This workshop is intended for academics in information extraction, disaster arrangement and civil protection professionals.

The topics include the following: ethics and societal dimensions of social media in disaster management; ontology and terminology of disaster and relief management; ontology, terminology and NLP methods for text analysis; extraction of information from text and image streams; information aggregation across modalities; ethics of surveillance systems; civil protection and social media; communicating early warning and disaster relief in
multilingual environments; information extraction from social media; value pluralism in disaster relief; data provenance, data protection.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 10 February 2014
Notification of acceptance: 10 March 2013
Final submission of manuscripts: 21 March 2014
Workshop date: 31 May 2014 (morning session)
Main Conference Dates: May 28-30, 2014.

Submission Guidelines:

The language of the workshop is English and submissions should conform to LREC 2014 paper submission instructions. We will accept submission of both long (up to 8 pages) and short papers (up to 4 pages) to be presented as long or short oral presentation at the workshop. The papers of the workshop will be published as online proceedings

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