Appel: 1st CfP Collaborative Resource Development and Delivery, LREC 2012 Workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
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LREC Workshop
Collaborative Resource Development and Delivery
Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul Exhibition and Congress Centre
Istanbul, Turkey
May 27, 2012

A confluence of needs and activities points to a new emphasis in
computational linguistics to address lexical, propositional, and
discourse semantics through corpora. A few examples are: - the demand
for high quality linguistic annotations of corpora representing a wide
range of phenomena, especially at the semantic level, to support machine
learning and computational linguistics research in general; - the demand
for high quality annotated corpora representing a broad range of genres
that are flexible and extensible as need demands; - the demand for high
quality lexical and semantic resources to incorporate into the
annotation process, and for the annotation process to produce; - the
need for easy-to-use, open access to all of these resources for

Such resources can be very costly to produce, due to the need for manual
creation or validation to ensure quality. Therefore, to answer the
growing need and lower the costs of resource creation and enhancement,
there is a movement within the community toward collaborative resource
development, including collaborative corpus annotation and collective
reation/enhancement of lexical resources and knowledge bases.
Collaborative development encompasses both engaging the community in
annotation and development of common resources, as well as
crowd-sourcing and similar solutions.

Technological advances now enable development of web-based environments
for collaborative annotation and enhancement of language resources,
including annotated corpora, lexicons, and others; and platforms to
support web services that deliver data, annotations, and other resources
as well as high-quality automated linguistic annotations of language
data. At the same time, crowdsourcing is being explored as a viable
means of producing high quality resources. Given the recent advancements
in technology plus novel methods to collect manually annotated data, it
is important to develop new methods of quality control, hopefully ones
that permit rapid acquisition and sharing of resources.

This workshop seeks contributions in all dimensions of collaborative
resource development and delivery, with a specific focus on case studies
and lessons learned. We invite submissions that address but are not
limited to the following topics:

- Web services and platforms for collaborative resource development and
- Crowd sourcing for resource development, including studies of
- Strategies and issues for open resource distribution;
- Evaluation of collaboratively developed resources;
- Position papers outlining issues and proposing solutions for 
community-based collaborative resource development and/or delivery.

Special session
The workshop will include a special session devoted to means and
considerations for community-based linguistic annotation, with a special
emphasis on the Manually Annotated Sub-Corpus (MASC)
( We invite submissions to this session on the
following topics:

- position papers concerning any aspect of collaborative resource
  development, including means to get the community fully invested in
  such efforts;

- case studies describing collaborative development efforts, including
  assessment of what works and what doesn't;

- results obtained using collaboratively developed resources;

- the role of standards and best practices in collaboratively developed
  resources and contributed annotations.

Special consideration will be given to contributions that have used MASC
data in a way that highlights the benefits of community-based

Submission information
Submissions may be long papers or short papers, following the formatting
guidelines for submissions to the main conference given at All submissions should be made using
the START system at

Important Dates
Submissions due: February 15, 2012
Acceptance notification to authors: March 15, 2012

Camera ready due: April 1, 2012

Workshop: May 27, 2012

Workshop organizers
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Collin Baker, ICSI/UC Berkeley, USA
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA
Rebecca Passonneau, Columbia University, USA

Contact: collaboration-workshop at

Program Committee Members (tentative)
Collin Baker, ICSI/UC Berkeley, USA
Jason Baldridge, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jordan Boyd-Graber, University of Maryland, USA
Nicoletta Calzolari, ILC/CNR, Italy
Bob Carpenter, Alias I,Inc., USA
Chris Cieri, LDC, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mona Diab, Columbia University, USA
Bill Dolan, Microsoft Corp., USA
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA
Dan Flickinger, Stanford University, USA
Terry Langendoen, University of Arizona, USA
Eric Nyberg, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
Rebecca Passonneau, Columbia University, USA
Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Sameer Pradhan, BBN Technologies, USA
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA
Owen Rambow, Columbia University, USA
Manfred Stede, Universitat Potsdam, Germany

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