LREC 2012 Workshop: 1st CfP Challenges in the management of large corpora

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Call for Papers: LREC 2012 Workshop

Challenges in the management of large corpora

We live in an age where the well-known maxim that "the only thing better 
than data is more data" is something that no longer sets unattainable 
goals. Creating extremely large corpora is no longer a challenge, given 
the proven methods that lie behind e.g. applying the Web-as-Corpus 
approach or utilizing Google's n-gram collection. Indeed, the challenge 
is now shifted towards dealing with the large amounts of primary data 
and much larger amounts of annotation data. On the one hand, this 
challenge concerns finding new (corpus-) linguistic methodologies that 
can make use of such extremely large corpora e.g. in order to 
investigate rare phenomena involving multiple lexical items or to find 
and represent fine-grained sub-regularities; on the other hand, some 
fundamental technical methods and strategies are being called into 
question. These include e.g. successful curation of the data, management 
of collections that span multiple volumes or that are distributed across 
several centres, methods to clean the data from non-linguistic 
intrusions or duplicates, as well as automatic annotation methods or 
innovative corpus architectures that maximise the usefulness of data or 
allow to search and to analyze it efficiently. Among the new tasks are 
also collaborative manual annotation and methods to manage it as well as 
new challenges to the statistical analysis of such data and metadata.

The half-day workshop on "Challenges in the management of large corpora" 
aims at gathering the leading researchers in the field of Language 
Resource creation and Corpus Linguistics, in order to provide for an 
intensive exchange of expertise, results and ideas.

We invite submissions dealing with:

 1. building tools for all aspects of management of very large corpora,
 2. dealing with large data sets (file system architecture, database
 3. dealing with heavily annotated corpora,
 4. managing multiple and concurrent annotation layers,
 5. use of annotation standards for large data sets,
 6. issues of interoperability and tool-chaining,
 7. crowd sourcing for large data sets,
 8. quality control of annotations in large data sets,
 9. analytic tools used in research infrastructure initiatives, such as,
    e.g., the Common Language Resource and Technology Infrastructure
10. dealing with corpora physically distributed over different locations,
11. managing metadata for extremely large corpus collections,
12. efficient user interfaces,
13. effective querying of large corpora with multiple annotation layers,
14. "bringing the code to the data" as the strategy for dealing with IPR
15. open-source software and open-data corpora strategies,
16. other issues that arise in the context of management of large datasets.

Current information is available at:

    Abstract submission

We invite extended abstracts (1500 to 2000 words) for 20+10 minute 
presentations, as well as posters and demos. All abstracts have to be 
submitted via the START Conference Manager, available from

Please note: when submitting a contribution to the START, 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 the contribution or are a new 
result of their research. For further information on this new 
initiative, please refer 

    Important dates

Workshop: 22 May 2012, afternoon session.

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: February 15.

Notification of acceptance: February 29.

Submission of full, camera-ready papers: March 23.


The workshop will take place at the Conference venue, the Lütfi Kirdar 
Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre. Further details will be 
available in due time from conference homepage.

    Organizing Committee

The workshop is co-organized by the following three institutions:

        Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim

Piotr Ban'ski, Marc Kupietz, Andreas Witt

        Institute for Language Information and Technology, Eastern
        Michigan University

Helen Aristar-Dry, Anthony Aristar, Damir C'avar

        ICAR Laboratory, Lyon University

Serge Heiden

    Programme committee:

Núria Bel (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Mark Davies (Brigham Young University)

Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Tomaz( Erjavec (Joz(ef Stefan Institute)

Stefan Evert (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Alexander Geyken (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Andrew Hardie (University of Lancaster)

Nancy Ide (Vassar College)

Sandra Kübler (Indiana University)

Martin Mueller (Northwestern University)

Mark Olsen (University of Chicago)

Adam Przepiórkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Warsaw)

Reinhard Rapp (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, University of Leeds)

Laurent Romary (INRIA, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds)

Pavel Stran(ák (Charles University in Prague)

Amir Zeldes (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Workshop homepage:

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