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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   Open-Source Machine Translation Workshop at MT Summit X
From:   Mikel Forcada
Email:   mlf_(on)_dlsi.ua.es
Date received:   02 May 2005
Start date:   12 Sep 2005

OSMaTran: Open-Source Machine Translation <http://www.torsimany.ua.es/OSMaTran> A workshop at MT Summit X <http://www.tcllab.org/Pages/mtsummit.html> September 12-16, 2005 The Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa Phuket, Thailand CALL FOR PAPERS Introduction Machine translation has become a key technology in our globalized society; as a result, machine translation software is available for major language pairs and for major computer platforms, including web-based machine translation. On the other hand, the recent years have witnessed a boom of open-source software; among the most successful solutions, the operating system Linux, web browsers such as Mozilla, web servers such as Apache, and full-fledged office suite such as OpenOffice.org. However, almost all "real life" machine translation software, even if available for use at no cost, is "closed" instead of open. This is especially surprising if one considers the large number of publicly-funded groups working in machine translation. Open-source machine translation would have, however, distinct advantages; if it is freely available, as most open-source software is, more users would have access to this technology, but, more importantly, institutions or businesses adopting an open-source machine translation system would be able to customize the system to their needs in many more ways: developing new linguistic data (vocabularies, rules, corpora), integrating it with other packages, etc. But machine translation software is special in that it relies upon the availability of extensive linguistic resources; for an open-source machine translation architecture to be successful, clearly defined and documented standards to represent linguistic data are absolutely necessary. Data standardization would lead to interoperability and interchange, which would in turn be very beneficial to the creation of new machine translation systems. Proprietary data could also be converted into these formats to be used in conjunction with open-source architectures, leading to hybrid systems. The existence of an open-source machine translation architecture would also be specially important for the creation of systems dealing with language pairs involving small or neglected languages, which are usually not targeted by commercial programs, but would fulfill the goals of administrations and non-government organizations dealing with these languages, and even contribute to their promotion or revival. Open-source software is associated to a change in the business model. In the case of machine translation, it would result in a shift from license-based or charge-per-word models to a service model in which enterprises would offer users a variety of services: consulting, customization, linguistic data development, integration in multilingual document management systems, etc. Machine translation is only one of the available language technologies which can be applied to translation; the effect of the existence of open-source software for other translation applications such as translation memory, etc., or even other natural language processing applications not related to translation, would therefore be worth examining as well. http://www.tcllab.org/Pages/mtsummit/papersubmit.html Schedule and Venue This one-day workshop will take place on September 16, 2005 after the regular conference sessions end. Please visit the Workshop website at http://www.torsimany.ua.es/OSMaTran/ for updates. Publication There will be a common publication format for all workshops in line with the main conference proceedings. These will be the usual book format for conference proceedings as well as CD-ROM. Papers The Open-Source Machine Translation workshop seeks original papers in all aspects of open-source machine translation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: * open-source machine translation architectures (rule-based, example-based, statistical, etc.); projects and currently available software: complete engines, modules; * standards for the encoding of linguistic data to be used in conjunction with open-source translation technology; * licensing issues: licenses for the machine translation engines and for linguistic data; applicability of current open-source licenses (GPL, LGPL, etc.); hybrid-license systems (open-source engine, proprietary data); * open-source machine translation as an opportunity for small or neglected languages; * open-source translation memories (programs and data); * advantages and disadvantages of open-source language technologies; * applicability of the open-source model to the language technology industry; * the role of public agencies in promoting the use and development of open-source machine translation; * the future of open-source machine translation: objectives, roadmap. The working language of the workshop will be English. Papers should describe research or experiences in any of the topics mentioned, should not be longer than 3,000 words, and should nicely fit in 8 pages. To format the paper, you are encouraged to use the style files <http://www.tcllab.org/Pages/mtsummit/papersubmit.html> provided for the general sessions of MT Summit X. In view of the main topics of the workshop, presentations may have a substantial demonstrative component. Electronic submission (PDF or PS files; we strongly encourage to avoid proprietary format) via electronic mail is the only procedure of submission allowed. As the reviewing process will be blind, authors are requested to keep their papers anonymous. This means that these submissions should NOT include the author's name; rather, papers should be identified only by their title. In addition to the electronic file containing their paper (including an abstract), authors must also submit an additional file with a separate cover page with the following information: * paper title, * authors' names, affiliations, addresses, and e-mail addresses, * for demonstrative presentations: the hardware, software and network requirements for the demonstration. The two electronic files should be attached to an email and sent to the workshop e-mail address (osmatran [at] dlsi.ua.es). We will acknowledge receipt of all papers received before the deadline and issue a submission number to each author. Please refer to that number in all subsequent correspondence. Additional guidelines for preparing your manuscript will be given before the start of the submission period at the Workshop website at http://www.torsimany.ua.es/OSMaTran/ . Important Dates Please make a note of these important dates: * Paper submission starts: April 1, 2005 * Paper submission deadline: May 13, 2005 * Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2005 * Final camera-ready copy deadline: July 15, 2005 Attendance Fee Details of registration procedures, including registration fees, will be included in the OSMaTran web when announced. The attendance fee for our workshop is expected to be approx. US $70. Organizers * Mikel L. Forcada, Universitat d'Alacant, Alacant, Spain (/workshop chair/) * Iñaki Alegria and Kepa Sarasola, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Donostia, Spain. * Xavier Gómez Guinovart, Universidade de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. * Lluís Padró, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. * Juan Antonio Pérez-Ortiz and Antonio M. Corbí-Bellot, Universitat d'Alacant, Alacant, Spain. Further Information For more details, please visit the workshop website: http://www.torsimany.ua.es/OSMaTran/. You may also send a request for information to the workshop e-mail address (osmatran [at] dlsi.ua.es). -- Mikel L. Forcada E-mail: mlf_(on)_dlsi.ua.es Departament de Llenguatges Phone: +34-96-590-9776 i Sistemes Informàtics also +34-96-590-3772. UNIVERSITAT D'ALACANT Fax: +34-96-590-9326, -3464 E-03071 ALACANT, Spain. ................................. URL: http://www.dlsi.ua.es/%7Emlf/ _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_mailman.elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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