LINGUIST List 31.2873

Wed Sep 23 2020

Calls: Applied Ling, Semantics/Ireland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 21-Sep-2020
From: Simon Mille <>
Subject: 3rd Workshop on Natural Language Generation from the Semantic Web
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Full Title: 3rd Workshop on Natural Language Generation from the Semantic Web
Short Title: WebNLG+

Date: 18-Dec-2020 - 18-Dec-2020
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Anastasia Shimorina
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

There is a growing need in the Semantic Web (SW) community for technologies that give humans easy access to the machine-oriented Web of data. Because it maps data to text, Natural Language Generation (NLG) provides a natural means for presenting this data in an organized, coherent and accessible way. Conversely, the representation languages used by the semantic web (e.g., RDF, OWL, SPARQL) are a natural starting ground for NLG systems.

The goal of this workshop is twofold:
- To promote discussion and exchange of research on NLG and the Semantic Web: the workshop will invite the submission of papers presenting new contributions, work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an opinion piece or a summary of research activities.

- To present and discuss the results of the ongoing second WebNLG challenge (WebNLG+): we will invite the submission of system descriptions that address either or both tasks of the challenge. WebNLG+ comprises two main tasks, on the one hand RDF-to-text generation, similarly to WebNLG 2017 but with new DBpedia data and into two languages (English and Russian), and on the other hand Text-to-RDF semantic parsing, i.e. converting a text in either language into the corresponding set of RDF triples. The full description of the challenge and its modalities can be found at

Call for Papers:

- The deadline for submission has been extended to October 15!

Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Ontology Summarization
* Content Selection
* Ontology Modularization
* Content Planning
* Fact Ranking
* Exploration of SW data
* Standards for lexicons
* Ontology Lexicalisation
* Open Knowledge Extraction: Relations, Events, Entity Linking
* Semantic Annotation and Wikification
* Lexicalisation, Template Extraction, Surface Realisation
* LG applications from SW data
* Ontology Verbalisation
* Query Verbalisation
* Entity Presentation
* Answer Aggregation and Rendering
* NLG based NL interfaces to KBs
* Document Generation
* Summarisation and SW data
* eLearning
* Feedback Generation

Important Dates:
15 April 2020: Shared Task starts
27 September 2020: Shared task submissions due
15 October 2020: Workshop papers due
15 October 2020: Shared Task system descriptions due
10 November 2020: Notification of acceptance
20 November 2020: Camera-ready papers and system descriptions due
18 December 2020: Workshop date

Authors should submit anonymous short or long papers which should not exceed 4 and 8 pages in length respectively. Both long and short papers have unlimited references. The final camera ready version of the full paper for the proceedings will be given one additional page. The proceedings of the workshop will be published in the ACL anthology.

Submissions should follow ACL Author Guidelines and policies for submission (, review and citation, and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. ACL 2020 offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates ( Papers should be submitted electronically through the EASYCHAIR system:

Submission deadline is October 15, 23:59 UTC -12.

Reviewing will be blind and submission selection will be managed by an international programme committee. As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-references that reveal the authors' identity, e.g., ''We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...'', should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as ''Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...''.

Dual submission to other conferences is permitted, provided that authors clearly indicate this in the ''Acknowledgments'' section of the paper when submitted. If the paper is accepted at both venues, the authors will need to choose one.

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