Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Jan 3 21:24:25 UTC 2012

Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:42:52 -0500
From: Nancy Ide <ide at>
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                           THE LAW CHALLENGE

Special Session of the Sixth Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW VI)

                   Held in conjunction with ACL 2012
                            July 12-13, 2012
                        Jeju, Republic of Korea

                  Winner's travel support provided by
                The US National Science Foundation (NSF)
LAW VI will include a special "challenge" session, sponsored by the US
National Science Foundation (IIS 0948101 Content of Linguistic
Annotation: Standards and Practices (CLASP)) and the ACL Special
Interest Group on Annotation (ACL SIGANN). The goals of the challenge
are to promote the use and collaborative development of open, shared
resources, and to identify and promote best practices for annotation
Submissions to the session will be evaluated by members of the LAW
program committee.  Based on their recommendations, one paper will
receive an award of up to US $2500 to cover the author's (or authors')
travel expenses, including air fare, local ground transportation, hotel
for one or two nights, and workshop registration. All papers accepted
for the session will be presented and included in the LAW VI

Evaluation criteria will include (but are not necessarily limited to)
the following :

* demonstrable interoperability with at least one other annotation
  scheme or format developed by others

* quality of the annotated resource in terms of scheme design,
  documentation, tool support, etc.
* open availability of developed resources for community use
* usability and reusability of the annotation scheme, tools, or
  annotated resource
* outstanding contribution to the development of annotation best
  practices for interoperability
* innovative use of linguistic information from different annotation

We invite long paper submissions describing original, innovative
projects involving linguistic annotations that reflect the
state-of-the-art in best practice for annotation development, creation,
and/or use. Papers must follow the deadlines and format for LAW
submissions, described at Where possible, submissions
should describe projects that involve freely available, standard shared
resources (e.g., MASC: for English). If
appropriate, submitters should also register their annotation categories
with ISOCat ( or make similar efforts to provide
detailed information for such categories that can be referenced by
others. In the case of MASC, all new annotations or derived data should
be subsequently contributed for free use by the entire community.

For more information about the goals of the NSF-sponsored CLASP workshop
held in November 2009, please see the CLASP workshop report at

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