Appel: International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:09:16 -0400
From: Nancy Ide <ide at>
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First International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language

City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
9-11 January 2008

Language resources, including not only corpora but also lexicons,
knowledge bases and ontologies, grammars, etc.  support the
development of language processing applications that are increasingly
important to the global society.  Substantial effort has been devoted
to the creation of such resources for the world's major languages over
the past decades, and new projects are developing similar resources
for less widely-used languages. Some standards and best practices have
emerged for representing and linking language corpora and annotations,
efforts such as "Global WordNet" and the development of framenets in
multiple languages seek to create and link specific lexical and
semantic resources across languages, and there are efforts to
integrate such resources into general ontologies such as SUMO and to
enable common access to ontologies spread across the World Wide
Web. As the need for cross-lingual studies and applications grows, it
is increasingly important to develop resources in the world's
languages that can be compared and linked, used and analyzed with
common software, and that contain linguistic information for the same
or comparable phenomena. We envision the eventual development of a
"global web" of language resources, wherein, for example,
linguistically-annotated corpora in multiple languages are
inter-linked via the use of common categories, or categories that are
mapped to one another; resources such as wordnets and framenets are
linked not only to versions in different languages, but also to each
other; and common representations enable analysis and use of resources
in different languages and of different types within available

The first international conference on Global Interoperability for
Language Resources will bring together designers, developers, and
users of corpora and other language resources from across the globe,
in order to:

o assess the state of the art in methods and schemes for resource
  representation, annotation, interlinkage, and access;

o consider the requirements for (and obstacles to) multi-lingual and
  multi-modal interoperability and standardization;

o consider the requirements for achieving interoperability among
  multi-lingual resources of different types, including corpora,
  lexicons, knowledge bases, ontologies, etc., as well as the systems
  and frameworks that enable their creation and exploitation;

o consider the ways in which web technologies are and may be used to
  enable resource interoperability and inter- linkage;

o work toward the definition of best practice guidelines and standards
  for language resource representation, annotation, and use that will
  enable interoperability;

o consider means to map or harmonize linguistic information in order
  to better enable cross-lingual studies;

o provide direction for developers of resources for less widely used

o promote collaboration and cooperation among developers of language
  resources across the globe;

o consider ways to provide central or distributed access to language
  resources developed throughout the world.


Paper submissions are invited on (but not limited to) the following

o multi-lingual and/or multi-modal language resources, with focus on
  the mechanisms enabling interoperability;

o support for multi-linguality and multi-modality in
  systems/frameworks for resource creation, annotation, use, and

o existing and proposed standards and best practice guidelines for
  language resources, including standards for linguistic annotations
  at any and all linguistics levels;

o systems, frameworks, and architectures to support the development
  and exploitation of interoperable language resources;

o evaluation of existing resources, systems and frameworks, and/or
  standards in terms of support for interoperability;

o harmonization, integration, and/or linking of language resources,
  including corpora, wordnets, framenets, ontologies, etc.;

o web-based technologies for resource interoperability, inter-linkage,
  and access;

o interoperability of ontologies for language processing research;

o support for multi-linguality, multi-culturality, and multi-modality.

In addition to full-length paper presentations, the Program Committee
also invites proposals for posters addressing any of the above topics.
Posters describing existing or developing resources or tools that
provide an assessment of needs and/or considerations for
interoperability are especially encouraged.

Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings, to be
published by City University Press, Hong Kong. A selection of
outstanding conference presentations will be published in a special
issue of the journal "Language Resources and Evaluation".

Submissions should be no more than 8 pages in length,including
bibliography and any appendices. Author instructions are provided on
the conference web site (http:// Submissions are made
through the START system, accessible at

Paper submission deadline:    31 August 2007
Notification of acceptance:   30 September 2007
Camera-ready papers due:      15 November 2007
Conference dates:             9-11 January 2008

Nicoletta Calzolari     Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Christiane Fellbaum     Princeton University, USA
Charles Fillmore        International Computer Science Institute,
                         UC Berkeley, USA
Nancy Ide               Vassar College, USA
D. Terrence Langendoen  University of Arizona and the U.S.
                         National Science Foundation
Eric Nyberg             Language Technologies Institute,
                         Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

Conference Convener:     Jonathan Webster, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Co-Chairs:    Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
                          Alex Chengyu Fang, City University of Hong  
Conference Secretary:     Ernest Lam, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Webmaster:     Kin Tat Ko, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Website:
Conference Inquiry:      icgl2008 at

Eric Atwell, Leeds University, UK
Harry Bunt, the University of Tilburg, Holland
Bran Bogureav, IBM, USA
Nicoletta Calzolari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Key-Sun Choi, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,  
South Korea
Khalid Choukri, Evaluations and Language Resources Distribution  
Agency, France
Chris Cieri, Linguistic Data Consortium, USA
Arienne Dwyer, University of Kansas, USA
Alex Chengyu Fang, City University, Hong Kong
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA
Charles Fillmore, International Computer Science Institute, UC  
Berkeley, USA
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Eva Hajicova, Charles University, Czech Republic
Erhard Hinrichs, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
Mark Huckvale, University College London, UK
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Hitoshi Isahara, National Institute of Information and Communications  
Technology, Japan
Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Kiyong Lee, Korea University, South Korea
Duo Li, Peking University, China
Inderjeet Mani, Georgetown University, USA
Srini Narayanan, International Computer Science Institute, UC  
Berkeley, USA
Adam Pease, Articulate Software, USA
Sameer Pradhan, BBN Technologies, USA
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA
Laurent Romary, Max-Planck Digital Library, Germany
Vasile Rus, the University of Memphis, USA
Pavel Smrz, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Maosong Sun, Tsinghua University, China
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Piek Vossen, Vrije University, Holland
Jonathan Webster, City University, Hong Kong
Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Holland
Yihua Zhang, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

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