Appel: LREC 2012 Workshop on Describing Language Resources with Metadata

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Jan 18 20:16:05 UTC 2012

Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:02:48 +0100
From: Victoria Arranz <arranz at>
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Workshop on Describing Language Resources with Metadata: Towards
Flexibility and Interoperability in the Documentation of Language

To be held in conjunction with the 8th International
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2012)

22 May 2012, Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul 
Exhibition and Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline for submission: 19 February 2012

The description of Language Resources (LRs) continues to be a crucial
point in the life cycle of LRs, and more particularly, in their
sustainable exchange. This has been so for a number of repositories or
LR distribution centres in place (ELRA, GSK, LDC, OLAC, TST-Centrale,
BAS, among others), who house LR catalogues following some proprietary
metadata schema. A number of projects and initiatives have also focused
these past few years in the sharing of LRs (ENABLER, CLARIN, FLaReNet,
PANACEA, META-SHARE), for example for Language Technology (LT)

Based on these initiatives a consensus emerges that shows a number of
requirements for standardized metadata:

1. There should be a common publication channel for the LR descriptions
   in the world.

2. This channel allows users to carry out easy and efficient LR data
   discovery and possible subsequent retrieval of LRs.

3. Expert knowledge is required to create the data model for the
   metadata description.

4. Subject matter experts (both researchers and LR/LT providers and
   developers) are required to provide the content for the data model.

5. The data model needs to be clear, expressive, flexible, customizable
   and interoperable.

6. Metadata have to provide for different user groups, ranging from
providers to consumers (both individuals and organisations). This
applies both to the information contained in the metadata and the
supporting tool infrastructure for creating, maintaining, distributing,
harvesting and searching the metadata.

Currently several initiatives focus on metadata. From the realm of work
done within initiatives like ENABLER and CLARIN descended the Component
MetaData Infrastructure (CMDI, ISO TC 37 SC 4 work item for ISO 24622),
which allows the combination of standard data categories (for example
from ISO 12620, to components, which are combined into
metadata profiles. Early versions of this model have been operational in
repositories such as ELRA's, which complied with the work done within
INTERA. FLaReNet, as the result of a permanent and cyclical
consultation, has issued a set of main recommendations where a global
infrastructure of uniform and interoperable metadata sets appear among
the Top Priorities for the field of LRs.  For use within HLT, META-SHARE
provides a fully-fledged schema for the description of LRs, in the
framework of the component model, covering all the current resource
types and media types of use, in all the stages of a resource's
life-cycle. Our aim is to learn from one another's experiences and plans
in this area.

Making resources available for others and putting this to a second use
in other projects has never been more widely accepted as a sensible
efficient way to avoid a waste of efforts and resources. However, when
it comes to the details, there is still a vast number of problems. This
workshop will be a forum to address issues and challenges in the
concrete work with metadata for LRs, not restricted to a single
initiative for archiving LRs.

The current state of the art for metadata provision allows for a very
flexible approach, catering for the needs of different archives and
communities, referring to common data category registries that describe
the meaning of a data category at least to authors of metadata.
Component models for metadata provisions are for example used by CLARIN
and META-SHARE, but there is also an increased flexibility in other
metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, which is usually not seen as
appropriate for meaningful description of language resources.

Topics of interest are:
1.  Infrastructures for creating components and profiles for metadata
2.  Editing and creating metadata
3.  Porting legacy metadata
4.  Metadata as a resource
5.  Maintenance of metadata
6.  Classification of language resources
7.  Providing metadata concepts
8.  Creating components and profiles
9.  Services harvesting and interpreting metadata
10. Experience from the large LR data center catalogues: LDC, ELRA, BAS,
    and how to interoperate with them
11. Controlled vocabularies, terminology and metadata description
12. Formal models for metadata representation and standardized models of
13. Customization and reuse of metadata schemas
14. Plans or experiences with emerging metadata infrastructures as for
    example from CLARIN & META-SHARE
15. Experiences with the Component based metadata infrastructures
16. Integration and conversion of multiple repositories: experiences
17. Standardization issues for metadata

We invite submissions for full papers and system demonstrations that
address these questions and other related issues relevant to the

Workshop Programme and Audience Addressed
This full-day workshop aims at bringing together technology oriented
working groups on metadata modeling or schema creation and both
researchers and producers creating metadata in the course of their work.
Those interested to use metadata in their projects should get the
insights and come out with a clear idea of how to either describe their
LRs or convert their schema. Those who have developed recently a model
can share their experience, and those who have specific concerns with
interoperability of metadata schemas as developed by the various
initiatives can open the discussion in search for joint solutions.

Tools and the tool infrastructures should also be part of the discussion
given that the initiatives provide also editors, mappings, search
interfaces, component and profile registries.

*Organising Committee*
Victoria Arranz (ELDA/ELRA, Paris, France, arranz at
Daan Broeder (MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, daan.broeder at
Bertrand Gaiffe (ATILF, Nancy, France, Bertrand.Gaiffe at
Maria Gavrilidou (Athena Research and Innovation Center, Athens, Greece, 
maria at
Monica Monachini, (CNR-ILC, Pisa, Italy, monica.monachini at
Thorsten Trippel (University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, 
thorsten.trippel at

*Programme Committee*
Helen Aristar-Dry (Michigan State University, USA)
Núria Bel (UPF, Barcelona, Spain)
Antonio Branco, (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Lars Borin (Språkbanken, Sweden)
Khalid Choukri (ELDA/ELRA, Paris, France)
Thierry Declerck (DFKI, Germany)
Matej Durco (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
Gil Francopoulo (CNRS-LIMSI-IMMI + TAGMATICA, Paris, France)
Francesca Frontini (CNR-ILC, Pisa, Italy)
Erhard Hinrichs (Univerität Tübingen, Germany)
Penny Labropoulou (ILSP-Athena, Athens, Greece)
Valérie Mapelli (ELDA/ELRA, Paris, France)
Jan Odijk (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Elena Pierazzo (Kings College, London, UK)
Laurent Romary (INRIA, France)
Mike Rosner (University of Malta, Malta)
Andreas Witt (IDS, Germany)
Peter Wittenburg (MPI, The Netherlands)
Tamás Varadi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
Marta Villegas (UPF, Barcelona, Spain)
Sue Ellen Wright (Kent State University, USA)

*Important dates*
Submission of full papers: Sunday 19 February 2012
Notification of acceptance of papers and demonstrations: Thursday 22 
March 2012
Submission of final version: Saturday 31 March 2012
Final programme available: Friday 13 April 2012
Workshop: Tuesday 22 May 2012

Authors should use the START system accessible from and the LREC author's kit
for submitting a two-column article of 4 to 8 pages.

For further queries, please contact Victoria Arranz at arranz at 
or Thorsten Trippel at thorsten.trippel at

When submitting a paper through START, authors will be kindly asked to
provide relevant information about the resources that have been used for
the work described in their paper or that are the outcome of their
research. For further information on this initiative, please refer to Authors will also be
asked to contribute to the Language Library, the new initiative of

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