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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   ACL/EACL2001 Tools Workshop -- Final CfP
From:   Steven Krauwer
Email:   Steven.Krauwer_(on)_let.uu.nl
Date received:   26 Mar 2001
Deadline:   06 Apr 2001
Start date:   07 Apr 2001

**FINAL CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS** ACL/EACL2001 Workshop on Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education Co-organised by ELSNET Toulouse, Saturday 7th July 2001 BACKGROUND: At a workshop at ACL 2000 in Hong Kong dedicated to Infrastructures for Global Collaboration there was an agreement between the main professional organisations in NLP and Speech (ACL and ISCA), and ELSNET, and the other meeting participants, that it would be useful to aim at a broadly supported, joint repository or catalogue for tools and materials for the language and speech communities. An ELSNET-sponsored workshop on educational issues held at EACL99 concluded that certain non-transient infrastructures needed to be instigated to raise the public perception of educational issues in NLP. It also concluded that a repository of shared materials, appropriately indexed for educational usage, would be a useful point of departure. This workshop will build on the consensus reached at these previous workshops. There will be two clear foci: one upon instruments for sharing tools and resources in general that addresses practical problems, and the other upon the technological and infrastructural issues surrounding the educational uses of repositories. Good examples of existing initiatives in this area are among others the ACL Natural Language Software Registry (hosted at DFKI, registry.dfki.de) which was set up as a repository for tools for the distinct fields of Human Language Techology (HLT), the ELRA/ELDA, LDC, TELRI and Elsnet resources catalogues and repositories (www.icp.inpg.fr/ELRA, www.ldc.upenn.edu, www.telri.de and www.elsnet.org/resources.html), OLAC (a worldwide network of language archives at www.language-archives.org), and JEWELS (www.elsnet.org/jewels), an as-yet incomplete EU funded website for educational materials in Language and Speech. A third theme concerns how to build upon existing initiatives as sources of data or inspiration. AIM AND SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP: The main goal of the workshop is to discuss methods for the improvement and extension of existing repositories; the educational uses of repositories; the closer interlinking between different kinds of repositories (tools and resources); global infrastructures for the achievement of joint actions. However, we expect the scope of the workshop to be much wider than that, as the issues addressed are of general interest to everybody who believes that sharing tools and resources is essential for the progress of research and education in our field. Contributions of papers and demonstrations are solicited that address the above themes. The following list of topics is suggestive rather than exhaustive: * Repositories versus catalogues * Mechanisms and infrastructures for sharing and describing content * Repository management * Standards for exchange, description, and annotation * Metadata descriptions * Quality assessment * Structure and content of an NLP/CL repository * Tools and materials for NLP/CL education * Web-based teaching methods for NLP/CL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PAPERS * Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following the appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style. Submissions should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. You can download the appropriate style or template files using the following link: acl2001.dfki.de/style. In case of problems with the submission format, please contact one of the co-chairs. * Submissions to either co-chair (Mike Rosner and Thierry Declerck). All submissions will be acknowledged. * Please provide a list of keywords in the separate header page and indicate the best fitting subtopic(s) from the above list. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS * Demos may be submitted with or without an accompanying paper. * Please write a 2-page description of the demo and send to either co-chair. Please let us know about special hardware requirements over and above the standard PC + beamer without internet access provided by default CONFIRMED COMMITTEE MEMBERS - Thierry Declerck (DFKI) Co-chair (Repository) declerck_(on)_dfki.de - Mike Rosner (Malta) Co-chair (Education) mros_(on)_cs.um.edu.mt - Steven Krauwer (Utrecht University) Co-chair s.krauwer_(on)_elsnet.org - Steven Bird (U. Penn) sb_(on)_unagi.cis.upenn.edu - Bill Black (UMIST) (UMIST, Manchester, UK) wjb_(on)_co.umist.ac.uk - Gosse Bouma (University of Groningen) gosse_(on)_let.rug.nl - Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen) desmedt_(on)_uib.no - Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy) claire.gardent_(on)_loria.fr - Donna Harman (NIST) donna.harman_(on)_nist.gov - Julia Hirschberg (ATT, ISCA) julia_(on)_research.att.com - Jun'ichi Tsujii (Tokyo) tsujii_(on)_is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp - Andy Way (Dublin City University) away_(on)_compapp.dcu.ie - Antonio Zampolli (Univ. of Pisa), pisa_(on)_ilc.pi.cnr.it DEADLINES * Submission Deadline: 6th April 2001 * Notification Date: 27th April 2001 * Camera ready copy due: 16th May 2001 WORKSHOP URL http://www.elsnet.org/acl2001-tools.html FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Michael Rosner mros_(on)_cs.um.edu.mt Thierry Declerck declerck_(on)_dfki.de

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