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Date received: 05 Jun 2013
Deadline: 15 Oct 2013
Start date: 26 May 2014





LREC 2014 - 9th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

Harpa Conference Center, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

MAIN CONFERENCE: 28-29-30 MAY 2014 WORKSHOPS and TUTORIALS:
26-27-31 MAY 2014

Conference web site: http//www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2014 Follow us
on Twitter: _(at)_LREC2014

ELRA is glad to announce the 9th edition of LREC, organised with
the support of a wide range of international organisations.

CONFERENCE AIMS LREC is the major event on Language Resources
(LRs) and Evaluation for Human Language Technologies (HLT). LREC
aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new
R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information
regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies
and tools, on-going and planned activities, industrial uses and
needs, requirements coming from e-science and e-society, with
respect both to policy issues and to scientific/technological and
organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and
funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss
problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote
initiatives for international cooperation, in support of
investigations in language sciences, progress in language
technologies (LT) and development of corresponding products,
services and applications, and standards.

CONFERENCE TOPICS Issues in the design, construction and use of
LRs: text, speech, multimodality
* Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs
  interoperability
* Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation
* Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of
  knowledge
* Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation
* LRs and Semantic Web
* LRs and Crowdsourcing
* Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up Exploitation of
  LRs in systems and applications Sign language, multimedia
  information and multimodal communication LRs in systems and
  applications such as: information extraction, information
  retrieval, audio-visual and multimedia search, speech
  dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided Language
  Learning, training and education, mobile communication, machine
  translation, speech translation, summarisation, web services,
  semantic search, text mining, inferencing, reasoning, etc.
* Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language
  and multimodal/multisensorial interactions, voice-activated
  services, etc.
* Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like
  e-government, e-culture, e-health, e-participation, mobile
  applications, digital humanities, etc.
* Industrial LRs requirements, user needs Issues in LT evaluation
* LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
* Validation and quality assurance of LRs
* Benchmarking of systems and products
* Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue
  systems
* User satisfaction evaluation General issues regarding LRs &
  Evaluation International and national activities, projects and
  collaboration Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national
  and international policies for LRs Multilingual issues,
  language coverage and diversity, less-resourced languages Open,
  linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative
  architectures Organisational, economical, ethical and legal
  issues.

LREC 2014 HOT TOPICS

Big Data, Linked Open Data, LRs and HLT The ever-increasing
quantities of large and complex digital datasets, structured or
unstructured, multilingual, multimodal or multimedia, pose new
challenges but at the same time open up new opportunities for HLT
and related fields. Ubiquitous data and information capturing
devices, social media and networks, the web at large with its big
data/knowledge bases and other information
capturing/aggregating/publishing platforms are providing useful
information and/or knowledge for a wide range of LT applications.
LREC 2014 puts a strong emphasis on the synergies of the big
Linked Open Data and LRs/LT communities and their complementarity
in cracking LT problems and developing useful applications and
services.

LRs in the Collaborative Age The amount of collaboratively
generated and used language data is constantly increasing and it
is therefore time to open a wide discussion on such LRs at LREC.
There is a need to discuss the types of LRs that can be
collaboratively generated and used. Are lexicons, dictionaries,
corpora, ontologies (of language data), grammars, tagsets, data
categories, all possible fields in which a collaborative approach
can be applied? Can collaboratively generated LRs be
standardised/harmonised? And how can quality control be applied
to collaboratively generated LRs? How can a collaborative
approach ensure that less-resourced languages receive the same
digital dignity as mainstream languages? There is also a need to
discuss legal aspects related to collaboratively generated LRs.
And last but not least: are there different types of
collaborative approaches, or is the Wikimedia style the best
approach to collaborative generation and use of LRs?

LREC 2014 SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT Share your LRs! In addition to
describing your LRs in the LRE Map - now a normal step in the
submission procedure of many conferences - LREC 2014 recognises
that the time is ripe to launch another important initiative, the
LREC Repository of shared LRs! When submitting a paper, you will
be offered the possibility to share your LRs (data, tools,
web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special LREC META-SHARE
repository set up by ELRA. Your LRs will be made available to all
LREC participants before the conference, to be re-used, compared,
analysed, . This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for
their description, may become a new "regular" feature for
conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common
repository where everyone can deposit and share data.

PROGRAMME The Scientific Programme will include invited talks,
oral presentations, poster and demo presentations, and panels, in
addition to a keynote address by the winner of the Antonio
Zampolli Prize.

SUBMISSIONS AND DATES Submission of proposals for oral and poster
(or poster+demo) papers: 15 October 2013 Abstracts should consist
of about 1500-2000 words, will be submitted through START and
will be peer-reviewed.

Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 15
October 2013 Proposals should be submitted via an online form on
the LREC website and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.

PROCEEDINGS The Proceedings will include both oral and poster
papers, in the same format.

There is no difference in quality between oral and poster
presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of
communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the
paper will be considered.

In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE Nicoletta Calzolari - CNR,
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "Antonio Zampolli", Pisa -
Italy (Conference chair) Khalid Choukri - ELRA, Paris - France
Thierry Declerck - DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken - Germany Hrafn
Loftsson - School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University -
Iceland Bente Maegaard - CST, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Joseph Mariani - LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, Orsay - France Asuncion
Moreno - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona - Spain
Jan Odijk - UIL-OTS, Utrecht - The Netherlands Stelios Piperidis
- Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens - Greece

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