[RNLD] CCURL 2018 @ LREC 2018: Extended deadline (21/01/2018)

Claudia Soria claudia.soria at ilc.cnr.it
Fri Jan 12 04:45:16 EST 2018

[Apologies for multiple postings]

*Submission deadline extended to 21 January 2018*

CCURL 2018

Collaboration and Computing for Under-Resourced Languages

         "Sustaining knowledge diversity in the digital age"

a Workshop to be held as part of the 11th edition of the Language 
Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) at the Phoenix Seagaia 
Resort in Miyazaki (Japan)


Date: 12 May 2018
Web site: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/lkDqCr8Dz5sLm9qzu7ZH3o?domain=ilc.cnr.it
NEW Submission deadline: 21 January 2018


The third CCURL Workshop, entitled "Sustaining knowledge diversity in 
the digital age", will take place on Saturday, 12 May 2018 in Miyazaki, 
Japan, in conjunction with LREC 2018. This workshop aims at gathering 
together academics, industrial researchers, knowledge experts, digital 
language resource and technology providers, software developers, but 
also language activists and community representatives in order to 
identify the current capacity for and the difficulties in creating and 
sustaining the digital representation of traditional knowledge. The 
diversity of cultures is a distinctive footprint of the way humans have 
been coping with the environment over time; unique visions of the world 
and knowledge are expressed by indigenous languages. Preservation and 
sharing of the traditional knowledge encoded by languages is being 
increasingly recognised as a step towards a sustainable and durable 
interaction of mankind with the environment. However, as language 
diversity is decreasing, the maintenance and transmission of such 
knowledge is at risk. Digital language resources can help avoid the 
disappearance of diverse knowledge systems, ensure their preservation 
and transmission, and foster their cross-fertilisation. The vast 
majority of this knowledge is poorly represented in digital form (only 
four out of the 522 indigenous languages of Latin America are 
represented by Wikipedia projects, for example). Moreover, as this 
knowledge is encoded in underresourced (minority, endangered or 
minoritised) languages, specific methods and models of resource 
development are required to circumvent the problems affecting 
low-resourced languages, such as low investments, data sparsity, 
fragmentation of efforts, speaker communities" lack of involvement, to 
cite just a few. Specific problems arise as well: low digital literacy, 
the issue of community ownership and control over content, or the need 
to include audio and video to accommodate languages that are unwritten 
or having no orthography standard.


We solicit papers and posters related to the following non-exclusive 

* models and methods for the development of language resources for 
representing traditional knowledge;

* experiences about forms of collaboration among research, industry and 
local communities;

* involvement of speakers' communities and ethical issues related to 
knowledge protection;

* replicability of experiences;

* use of knowledge resources for cultural heritage preservation and 

* use of video and audio as complementary or alternative ways to writing 
in order to accommodate languages not spoken or with unstable 

* innovative data collection and data annotation methodologies;

* semantic and semantic web technologies for representing indigenous 
knowledge systems in indigenous languages.


We accept submission of long papers (up to 8 pages), short papers (up to 
4 pages) and poster papers (up to 4 pages) to be presented as a long or 
short oral presentation at the workshop. The papers of the workshop will 
be published in online proceedings.  Papers are expected to address the 
workshop main theme. They can contain an analysis and insight into 
existing methods and problems; a description of resources; an overview 
of the literature or of the current initiatives, or a combination of the 
above. Authors must declare if part of the paper contains material 
previously published elsewhere. Each submission will be reviewed by 
three programme committee members. In compliance with the LREC rules, 
papers must not be anonymized.   Papers should be formatted according to 
the stylesheet provided by LREC 2018 
(https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/ed3sCvl0E5uMlX9PcXm7yB?domain=lrec2018.lrec-conf.org) and should 
not exceed 8 pages, including references and appendices. Papers should 
be submitted in PDF unprotected format to the workshop START page (URL 
will be provided in due time). The formatting template must be strictly 
adhered to and deadlines met.


* NEW Paper submission deadline: 21 January 2018

* Notification of acceptance: 14 February 2018

* Camera-ready paper: 7 March 2018

* Workshop date: 12 May 2018


* Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal practice in the 
submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other 
conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about 
"Sharing LRs" (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the 
possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC 
repository. 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.

* As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so 
as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also 
replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2018 
endorses the need to uniquely Identify LRs through the use of the 
International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN, https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/BDb2CwVLG5hYNpj4I9XpEV?domain=islrn.org), 
a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. 
The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in LREC papers will be offered at 
submission time.


Laurent Besacier, LIG-IMAG, France
Laurette Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa
Claudia Soria, CNR-ILC, Italy

The Workshop is endorsed by SIGUL, a joint ELRA-ISCA Special Interest 
Group on Under-resourced Languages (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/-nbSCxnMJ5srXOlgTwrk7D?domain=elra.info).


Tunde Adegbola, African Languages Technology Initiative, Nigeria
Gilles Adda, LIMSI/IMMI CNRS, France
Shyam Agrawal, KIIT Group of Colleges, India
Amir Aharoni, Wikimedia Foundation
Antti Arppe, University of Alberta, Canada
Victoria Arranz, ELRA/ELDA, France
Martin Benjamin, the Kamusi Project, Switzerland
Laurent Besacier, LIG-IMAG, France
Bruce Birch, The Minjilang Endangered Languages Publications Project, 
Steven Bird, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Luong Chi-Mai, IOIT, Vietnam
Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France
Chris Cieri, LDC, USA
Thierry Declerck, DFKI, Germany
Sebastian Drude, The Vigdis International Centre for Multilingualism and 
Understanding, Iceland
Vera Ferreira, CIDLeS - Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language 
Documentation, Portugal
Mikel Forcada, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
Dafydd Gibbon, Bielefeld University, Germany
Tatjana Gornostaja, Tilde, Latvia
John Judge, ADAPT DCU, Ireland
Andras Kornai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Yohei Murakami, Kyoto University, Japan
Girish Nath Jha, JNU, India
Guy de Pauw, Textgain, Belgium
Laurette Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa
Sakriani Sakti, NAIST, Japan
Kevin Scannell, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA
Claudia Soria, CNR-ILC, Italy
Oliver Stegen, SIL International, USA
Francis Tyers, Moscow Higher School of Economics, Russia
Trond Trosterud, Arctic University of Norway
Kadri Vider, University of Tartu, Estonia
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria


Claudia Soria
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "A. Zampolli"
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Via Moruzzi 1
56124 Pisa

Tel. +39 050 3153166
Skype clausor

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