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Sat Jan 31 2009

Calls: Computational Ling/Singapore; Computational Ling/USA

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        1.    Nancy Ide, The Third Linguistic Annotation Workshop
        2.    Nicolas Nicolov, Social Media Data Challenge Workshop

Message 1: The Third Linguistic Annotation Workshop
Date: 29-Jan-2009
From: Nancy Ide <idecs.vassar.edu>
Subject: The Third Linguistic Annotation Workshop
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Full Title: The Third Linguistic Annotation Workshop
Short Title: LAW III

Date: 06-Aug-2009 - 07-Aug-2009
Location: Suntec, Singapore
Contact Person: Nancy Ide
Meeting Email: idecs.vassar.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/acl-lab/LAW-09.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

The Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW) provides a forum for the exchange
and propagation of research results concerning the annotation, manipulation and
exploitation of language corpora, and fosters efforts aimed at harmonization and
interoperability of annotation tools and frameworks.

Call for Papers

The Third Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW III)
Held in conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2009
Suntec, Singapore
6-7 August 2009

Linguistically annotated corpora play a major role in parsing, information
extraction, question answering, machine translation and many other areas of
computational linguistics, and provide an empirical testbed for theoretical
linguistics research. This has led to a proliferation of annotation systems,
frameworks, formats, and schemes. Recognition of the need to harmonize
annotation practices and frameworks has become increasingly critical, as
witnessed by numerous workshops dealing with different aspects of linguistic
annotation over the past few years. The Linguistic Annotation Workshop (The LAW)
provides a forum for discussing these different aspects. Specifically, the goals
of this workshop include:

(1) The exchange and propagation of research results with respect to the
annotation, manipulation and exploitation of corpora, taking into account
different applications and theoretical investigations in the field of language
technology and research;
(2) Working towards the harmonization and interoperability from the perspective
of the increasingly large number of tools and frameworks that support the
creation, instantiation, manipulation, querying, and exploitation of annotated
(3) Working towards a consensus on all issues crucial to the advancement of the
field of corpus annotation.

The workshop will include presentations of long (8 page) and short (4 page)
papers, a poster session, and demonstrations of annotation tools, databases, and
the like. Long papers should reflect work in an advanced state, but short papers
and posters may describe more preliminary work and pilot studies. Posters and
proposals for a system demonstration are to be submitted in the form of a short
(4 page) paper. A demonstration proposal should provide an overview of the
system to be demonstrated, including functionality, supported input/output
formats or structures, supported languages and modalities, etc. Accepted
proposals will also appear in the proceedings and are intended to provide
background for the demonstration.

The topics of all contributions may cover any aspect of linguistic annotation
- New annotation schemes for linguistic phenomena at any level, or proposals for
significant improvements to existing schemes
- Evaluation of emerging or existing standards for linguistic annotation
- Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation of corpus annotation
- Linguistic considerations for merging of annotation of distinct phenomena
- Evaluation considerations for corpus annotation
- Comparison and/or evaluation of existing annotation systems, including
functionality, common/missing features, accommodation of different input/output
formats and resource types (lexicons, knowledge bases, ontologies, etc.)
- Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of annotation structures
and annotated data
- Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of different
phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
- Assessment of, and potential means to achieve, interoperability of annotation
formats/frameworks among different systems as well as different tasks,
frameworks, modalities, and languages

Long paper submissions should not exceed 8 pages in length. Short papers,
posters and demo descriptions should not exceed 4 pages. Format requirements are
the same as for full papers of ACL 2009. See
http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org/main/authors/stylefiles/index.html for style
files. Submission will be electronic, using the Workshop's
submission webpage at START: https://www.softconf.com/acl-ijcnlp09/LAW/

Please indicate on the front page:
- long paper, short paper, poster, or demonstration proposal;
- all applicable paper categories from the following list (indicate multiple
categories if appropriate): annotation frameworks and/or physical formats,
annotation scheme design (on linguistic grounds), annotation tools and systems,
corpus annotation, syntax, semantics, predicate-argument structure, morphology,
anaphora, discourse, opinion/sentiment;
- language(s) your work applies to, as well and those you plan to handle in the
future. If your work is language independent, indicate this as well;
- any non-standard equipment needed for your paper or demonstration.

All papers must be written and presented in English.

The reviewing of the papers will be blind. The paper should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-citations and other
references (e.g. to projects, corpora, or software) that could reveal the
author's identity should be avoided. For example, instead of "We previously
showed (Smith, 1991) ...", write "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

Important Dates
Papers due: April 3, 2009
Acceptance/rejection notification: April 30, 2009
Final version due: May 15, 2009
Workshop Dates: August 6-7, 2009

Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Adam Meyers (New York University)

Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC, UCM / OEG, UPM)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Nianwen Xue (University of Colorado)

Program Co-Chairs
Manfred Stede (Universitaet Potsdam)
Chu-Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic)

Program Committee
Collin Baker (ICSI/UC Berkeley)
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne)
Francis Bond (NICT)
Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR)
Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University)
Christopher Cieri (Linguistic Data Consortium/University of Pennsylvania)
Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute)
Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)
Charles Fillmore (ICSI/UC Berkeley)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Richard Johansson (Lund University)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Joakim Nivre (Vaexjoe University and Uppsala University)
Eric Nyberg (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC, UCM / OEG, UPM)
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
Mihai Surdeanu (Yahoo! Research, Barcelona)
Theresa Wilson (University of Edinburgh)
Andreas Witt (IDS Mannheim)
Nianwen Xue (University of Colorado)
Message 2: Social Media Data Challenge Workshop
Date: 29-Jan-2009
From: Nicolas Nicolov <nicolas_nicolovjdpa.com>
Subject: Social Media Data Challenge Workshop
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Full Title: Social Media Data Challenge Workshop
Short Title: ICWSM-2009

Date: 20-May-2009 - 20-May-2009
Location: San Jose, Calif., USA
Contact Person: Nicolas Nicolov
Meeting Email: Nicolas_Nicolovjdpa.com
Web Site: http://www.icwsm.org/2009/data/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

Data investigations on large, freely available, two-months snapshot of the
blogosphere provided by Spinn3r.

Call for Papers

The ICWSM 2009 Spinn3r blog dataset is a collection of 44 million blog posts
made between August 1st and October 1st, 2008, and collected by
Spinn3r.com. This dataset is freely available to researchers under a liberal
data usage agreement. There have been 183 downloads of this new dataset as of
January 28th, 2009.

Authors are invited to submit papers to a data challenge workshop to be held on
the last day of the 3rd AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social
Media (ICWSM-2009). This workshop will feature research papers as well as a
wide-ranging discussion of data issues facing the social media research
community. Potential research topics include:
- Link analysis;
- Social network extraction;
- Clustering and topic identification;
- Tracing the evolution of news;
- Blog search and filtering;
- Psychological, sociological, ethnographic, or personality-based studies;
- Analysis of influence among bloggers;
- Blog summarization and discourse analysis.

You should feel free to explore any aspect of the data that you feel would be of
interest to the ICWSM community. An award will be presented at ICWSM for the
best paper using the dataset.

Papers may be submitted online at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icwsm09dcw. Submissions may be up to
8 pages in length, must be in PDF format, and must follow the ICWSM formatting

March 1st, 2009.

ICWSM Data Chairs:
Ian Soboroff, NIST
Akshay Java, Live Labs, Microsoft

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