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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Call for Papers: LAW VII & ID
From: <dipper_(on)_linguistics.rub.de>
Date received: 08 Feb 2013
Deadline: 26 Apr 2013
Start date: 08 Aug 2013

The 7th Linguistic Annotation Workshop & Interoperability with
Discourse (LAW VII & ID) Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest
Group on Annotation (SIGANN)

Held in Conjunction with the 51st Annual Association for
Computational Linguistics Conference (ACL'13) Sofia, Bulgaria
August 8-9 2013 http://www.linguistics.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/law7-id

Important dates
26 Apr 2013: Submission deadline 24 May 2013: Notification of
Acceptance 7 June 2013: Camera-ready paper due 8-9 August 2013:
Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria

Workshop overview
 Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the
 backbone of supervised methods for statistical natural language
 processing. It also provides valuable data for evaluation of
 both rule-based and supervised systems and can help formalize
 and study linguistic phenomena.

The LAW provides a forum for presentation and discussion of
innovative research on all aspects of linguistic annotation,
including creation/evaluation of annotation schemes, methods for
automatic and manual annotation, use and evaluation of annotation
software and frameworks, representation of linguistic data and
annotations, etc. This year, a significant part of the workshop
will focus on the special theme of Interoperability with

We welcome submissions of long (8 pages) and short (4 pages)
papers, posters, and demonstrations, relating to any aspect of
linguistic annotation, including:

(a) Annotation procedures:
    * Innovative automated and manual strategies for annotation
    * Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation
      of corpus annotation
    * Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of
      annotation structures and annotated data

(b) Annotation evaluation:
    * Inter-annotator agreement and other evaluation metrics and
    * Qualitative evaluation of linguistic representation

(c) Annotation access and use:
    * Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of
      different phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
    * Linguistic considerations for merging annotations of
      distinct phenomena

(d) Annotation guidelines and standards:
    * Best practices for annotation procedures and/or development
      and documentation of annotation schemes
    * Interoperability of annotation formats and/or frameworks
      among different systems as well as different tasks,
      frameworks, modalities, and languages

(e) Annotation software and frameworks:
    * Development, evaluation and/or innovative use of annotation
      software frameworks

(f) Annotation schemes:
    * New and innovative annotation schemes
    * Comparison of annotation schemes

Workshop Theme
We encourage submission of papers relating to this year's theme,
Interoperability with Discourse. We are particularly interested
in the comparison and interoperability of different models and
techniques used for and in conjunction with discourse annotation,
focusing on any of the following goals:

(a) Creation of new insights within the field of discourse (by
    juxtaposing two or more points of view as reflected by
    different annotation schemes or annotation techniques).

(b) Fostering interoperability between pragmatic and semantic
    phenomena in discourse, ranging from functional categories
    (e.g. methods, results, hypotheses,etc.) to traditional
    discourse relations (connectives, anaphora, metonymies, etc.)

(c) Connecting syntactic, semantic and pragmatic layers of

(d) Working towards a framework, representation standards, tools
    and methods that will allow the integration and co-existence
    of current and future discourse-related annotation schemes.

Workshop Challenge
This year's workshop continues the tradition of the LAW
Challenge, established last year, which provides funding for
travel etc. to the individual or team that best meets a set of
criteria. This year, the judges will give special consideration
to papers closely related to the workshop theme, i.e., (1)
integrating functional discourse annotation from one or more
corpora with other types of annotation; and (2) demonstrating how
interoperability can increase the understanding of the discourse.
However, all papers addressing annotation interoperability or
integration will be considered. For further information, please
visit http://nactem.ac.uk/law7-id/.

Submission Information
The papers should report original and unpublished research on
topics of interest for the workshop. Accepted papers are expected
to be presented at the workshop, and will be published in the
workshop proceedings. They should emphasize obtained results
rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state
of completion of the reported results.

A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be
presented or have been presented at any other meeting with
publicly available proceedings.

Submissions must be in PDF and formatted using the ACL 2013 style
files, available at

The maximum length is eight (8) pages of content for long papers
or four (4) pages of content for short papers, posters, and
demonstrations, plus up to two (2) pages of references.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper
must not include the authors' names and affiliations, and
self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We
previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." should be replaced with
citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers
that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected
without review.

Authors of papers that have been or will be submitted to other
meetings or publications must provide this information on the
START online submission page. Authors of accepted papers must
notify the program chairs within 10 days of acceptance if the
paper is withdrawn for any reason.

Submission site: https://www.softconf.com/acl2013/LAWVII-ID/.

Submission deadline: 26 April 2013, 23:59 GMT. Papers submitted
after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Workshop Chairs
Stefanie Dipper, Ruhr-University Bochum Maria Liakata, University
of Warwick/European Bioinformatics Institute Cambridge Antonio
Pareja-Lora, SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED

Organizing Committee
Sophia Ananiadou (University of Manchester) Cathy Blake
(University of Illinois) Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of
Hong Kong) Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College) Piroska Lendvai (Hungarian Academy of
Sciences) Maria Liakata (University of Warwick/European
Bioinformatics Institute Cambridge) Adam Meyers (New York
University) Anika Oellrich (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED) Massimo
Poesio (University of Trento) Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Sampo Pyysalo (University of Manchester) Caroline Sporleder
(Trier University) Manfred Stede (Potsdam University) Simone
Teufel (University of Cambridge) Anita de Waard (Elsevier Labs)
Fei Xia (University of Washington) Nianwen Xue (Brandeis

Programme Committee
Sophia Ananiadou (University of Manchester) Colin Batchelor
(Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing) Cathy Blake (University
of Illinois) Johan Bos (University of Groningen) Nicoletta
Calzolari (ILC/CNR) Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University)
Christian Chiarcos (University of Frankfurt) Christopher Cieri
(LDC/University of Pennsylvania) Kevin Bretonnel Cohen
(University of Colorado School of Medicine) Nigel Collier
(EMBL-EBI and National Institute of Informatics, Japan) Stefanie
Dipper (Ruhr-University Bochum) Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan
Institute) Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Vanessa (Wei) Feng (University of Toronto) Karen Fort (Loria,
Équipe Sémagramme) Yufan Guo (University of Cambridge) Udo Hahn
(Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) Graeme Hirst (University of
Toronto) Eduard Hovy (Carnegie Mellon University) Chu-Ren Huang
(Hong Kong Polytechnic) Nancy Ide (Vassar College) Aravind Joshi
(University of Pennsylvania) Jin-Dong Kim (University of Tokyo)
Valia Kordoni (University of Berlin) Piroska Lendvai (Hungarian
Academy of Sciences) Maria Liakata (University of Warwick and
EMBL-EBI) Annie Louis (Univerity of Pennsylvania) Adam Meyers
(New York University) Roser Morante (University of Antwerp)
Raheel Nawaz (University of Manchester) Anika Oellrich (Wellcome
Trust Sanger Institute) Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED) Massimo
Poesio (University of Trento) Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Rashmi Prasad (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Sampo Pyysalo
(University of Manchester) Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (University
of Zurich and EMBL-EBI) Agnes Sandor (Xerox Labs) Hagit Shatkay
(University of Delaware) Caroline Sporleder (Trier University)
Manfred Stede (Potsdam University) Simone Teufel (University of
Cambridge) Paul Thompson (University of Manchester) Katrin
Tomanek (University Dordrecht) Anita de Waard (Elsevier Labs)
Stephen Wan (CSIRO) Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh) Fei
Xia (University of Washington) Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)
Heike Zinsmeister (University of Stuttgart)

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