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CoNLL Shared Task 2010: Call for Proposals

SIGNLL (ACL's Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning)
invites proposals for the CoNLL Shared Task 2010. Since 1999, CoNLL
(the Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning) has
included a shared task in which training and test data are provided
by the organizers, which allows participating systems to be evaluated
and compared in a systematic way. Descriptions of the participating
systems and an evaluation of their performance are presented both at
the conference and in the proceedings. Previous shared tasks have
been devoted to chunking (1999, 2000), clausing (2001), named entity
recognition (2002, 2003), semantic role labeling (2004, 2005),
dependency parsing (2006, 2007), and joint parsing of syntactic and
semantic dependencies (2008, 2009). For CoNLL 2010, to be held in
conjunction with ACL in Uppsala, Sweden, July 11 to 16, 2010, proposals
are invited for any shared task involving natural language learning,
including not only natural language processing tasks and applications
but also the modeling of human language learning.

Proposals should contain the following information:
- Names and affiliations of the members of the organizing committee
      (including a designated contact person)
- Description of the shared task, including its relevance for the
      study of computational natural language learning
- Description of the process for selecting, acquiring and preparing the
      data for training and evaluation, including conditions of availability
- Description of the procedure for evaluating the performance of
      participating systems, including the availability of evaluation software
- Any other relevant information

The expected timeline for the CoNLL shared task 2010 is as follows:
- November 1, 2009: general announcement (made by SIGNLL)
- December 1, 2009: call for interest in participation
- January 15, 2010: task website (first version with general information,
  task definition, examples and calendar)
- January 15, 2010: trial datasets (plus documentation and scorer)
- February 1, 2010: registration for the task (plus corpora licenses)
- February 15, 2010: training and development sets available
- April 15, 2010: test set available
- April 20, 2010: systems' outputs collected
Proposals should make clear that a similar schedule can be implemented,
especially for the preparation of resources (trial/training/development/test
data sets).

Proposals should be in PDF format, maximum 2 pages, and sent by e-mail
to conll10st at stp dot lingfil dot uu dot se no later than September 21. Proposals will
be reviewed by the SIGNLL steering committee and proposers will be notified
about the selection before October 15. Questions regarding the proposals
can be sent to conll10st at stp dot lingfil dot uu dot se.