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*LREC 2014 - 9th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation**

Harpa Conference Center, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

MAIN CONFERENCE: 28-29-30 MAY 2014
WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS: 26-27-31 MAY 2014

Conference web site: http//
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ELRA is glad to announce the 9th edition of LREC, organised with the 
support of a wide range of international organisations.

LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for 
Human Language Technologies (HLT). LREC aims to provide an overview of 
the state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, 
exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation 
methodologies and tools, on-going and planned activities, industrial 
uses and needs, requirements coming from e-science and e-society, with 
respect both to policy issues and to scientific/technological and 
organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding 
agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and 
opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for 
international cooperation, in support of investigations in language 
sciences, progress in language technologies (LT) and development of 
corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.

*Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, 
* Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs interoperability
* Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
* Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge
* Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation
* LRs and Semantic Web
* LRs and Crowdsourcing
* Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up
*Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications *
Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication
LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction, 
information retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search, speech 
dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language Learning, 
training and education, mobile communication, machine translation, 
speech translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text 
mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc.
* Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and 
multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice-activated services, etc.
* Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like 
e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile applications, 
digital humanities, etc.
* Industrial LRs requirements, user needs
*Issues in LT evaluation*
* LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
* Validation and quality assurance of LRs
* Benchmarking of systems and products
* Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems
* User satisfaction evaluation
*General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation*
International and national activities, projects and collaboration
Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international 
policies for LRs
Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced 
Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative 
Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues.


*Big Data, Linked Open Data, LRs and HLT*
The ever-increasing quantities of large and complex digital datasets, 
structured or unstructured, multilingual, multimodal or multimedia, pose 
new challenges but at the same time open up new opportunities for HLT 
and related fields. Ubiquitous data and information capturing devices, 
social media and networks, the web at large with its big data/knowledge 
bases and other information capturing/aggregating/publishing platforms 
are providing useful information and/or knowledge for a wide range of LT 
LREC 2014 puts a strong emphasis on the synergies of the big Linked Open 
Data and LRs/LT communities and their complementarity in cracking LT 
problems and developing useful applications and services.

*LRs in the Collaborative Age*
The amount of collaboratively generated and used language data is 
constantly increasing and it is therefore time to open a wide discussion 
on such LRs at LREC. There is a need to discuss the types of LRs that 
can be collaboratively generated and used.
Are lexicons, dictionaries, corpora, ontologies (of language data), 
grammars, tagsets, data categories, all possible fields in which a 
collaborative approach can be applied? Can collaboratively generated LRs 
be standardised/harmonised? And how can quality control be applied to 
collaboratively generated LRs? How can a collaborative approach ensure 
that less-resourced languages receive the same digital dignity as 
mainstream languages?
There is also a need to discuss legal aspects related to collaboratively 
generated LRs. And last but not least: are there different types of 
collaborative approaches, or is the Wikimedia style the best approach to 
collaborative generation and use of LRs?

*Share your LRs!*
In addition to describing your LRs in the LRE Map -- now a normal step 
in the submission procedure of many conferences -- LREC 2014 recognises 
that the time is ripe to launch another important initiative, the LREC 
Repository of shared LRs!
When submitting a paper, you will be offered the possibility to share 
your LRs (data, tools, web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special 
LREC META-SHARE repository set up by ELRA.
Your LRs will be made available to all LREC participants before the 
conference, to be re-used, compared, analysed, ...
This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, 
may become a new "regular" feature for conferences in our field, thus 
contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit 
and share data.

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, 
poster and demo presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote 
address by the winner of the Antonio Zampolli Prize.

Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 15 
October 2013
Abstracts should consist of about 1500-2000 words, will be submitted 
through START and will be peer-reviewed.

Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 15 October 2013
Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website and 
will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.
The Proceedings will include both oral and poster papers, in the same 

There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. 
Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less 
interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.

In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.

Nicoletta Calzolari -- CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale 
"Antonio Zampolli", Pisa - Italy (Conference chair)
Khalid Choukri  -- ELRA, Paris - France
Thierry Declerck -- DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken - Germany
Hrafn Loftsson  -- School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University - 
Bente Maegaard  -- CST, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Joseph Mariani  -- LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, Orsay - France
Asuncion Moreno  -- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona - Spain
Jan Odijk  -- UIL-OTS, Utrecht - The Netherlands
Stelios Piperidis -- Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens - Greece
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