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Call for Papers


ICGL2010: The Second International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources

18 – 20 January 2010

City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China


Language resources, including not only corpora but also lexicons, knowledge bases, ontologies, and grammars, support the
development of language processing applications that are increasingly important to the global society. Substantial
effort has been devoted to the creation of such resources for the world’s major languages over the past decades, and new
projects are developing similar resources for less widely-used languages. Some standards and best practices have emerged
for representing and linking language corpora and annotations. Efforts such as the “Global WordNet” and the development
of framenets in multiple languages seek to create and link specific lexical and semantic resources across languages, and
there are efforts to integrate such resources into general-purpose ontologies such as SUMO. In addition, several
projects are addressing metadata needs for language resources.

The Second International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources will bring together designers,
developers, and users of language resources, tools, frameworks, and infrastructures from across the globe. The
conference includes keynote speeches from several leading figures in the area, and is organized to allow interactive
discussion among participants in order to:

•  assess the state of the art in methods and schemes for resource representation, annotation, processing, interlinkage, and access;
•  consider the ways in which web technologies are and may be used to enable resource accessibility, interoperability and inter-linkage;
•  consider the requirements for (and obstacles to) full interoperability, especially with regard to multi-lingual and multi-modal data;
•  consider the requirements for achieving interoperability among multi-lingual resources of different types, including corpora, lexicons, 
    knowledge bases, ontologies, etc., as well as the systems and frameworks that enable their creation and exploitation;
•  work toward the definition of best practice guidelines and standards for language resource representation, annotation, and use that 
    will enable interoperability;
•  consider means to map or harmonize linguistic information in order to better enable cross-lingual studies;
•  provide direction for developers of resources for less widely used languages;
•  promote collaboration and cooperation among developers of language resources and tools across the globe;
•  consider ways to provide central or distributed access to language resources developed throughout the world.

This year’s conference will include a special focus on the use of web-based technologies for interoperability and open
access to language resources. A special session will be devoted to defining a major international collaboration among
the U.S.-funded SILT project, the EU-funded FLaReNet project, and representatives of the Asian language processing

Paper submissions are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

•  web-based technologies for resource interoperability, inter-linkage, and access;
•  multi-lingual and/or multi-modal language resources, with focus on the mechanisms enabling interoperability;
•  support for multi-linguality and multi-modality in systems/frameworks for resource creation, annotation,  use, and access;
•  existing and proposed standards for language resources, including standards for linguistic annotations at any and all linguistics levels;
•  systems, frameworks, and architectures to support the development and use of interoperable language resources;
•  evaluation of existing resources, systems and frameworks, and/or standards in terms of support for interoperability;
•  harmonization, integration, and/or linking of language resources, including corpora, wordnets, framenets, ontologies, etc.;
•  ontologies for language resources, especially for support of  multi-linguality, multi-culturality, and multi-modality;
•  metadata for language resources. 

Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings. A selection of outstanding conference presentations will be
published in a special issue of the journal Language Resources and Evaluation.

Submissions for full papers should be no more than 8 pages in length, excluding references. Poster and short paper submissions
should be no more than 4 pages in length, excluding references. Author instructions are posted on the conference web site.

Keynote Speakers
Paul Buitelaar, Digital Enterprises Research Institute, National University of Ireland
Harry Bunt, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Nancy Ide, Department of Computer Science, Vassar College, USA
Toru Ishida, Laboratory for Global Information Network, Kyoto University, Japan
David Karger, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (tentative)
Kiyong Lee, Professor Emeritus of Korea University, Korea
Alan Melby, Department of Linguistics and English, Brigham Young University, USA
Henry Thompson, Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh, UK

Important dates
Paper submission deadline: 31 October 2009
Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2009
Camera-ready papers due: 15 December 2009
Conference dates:
18 – 20 January 2010

Conference Organising Committee:
Conference Convener:
Jonathan Webster, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Co-Chairs:
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Alex Chengyu Fang, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Secretary:
Ernest Lam, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Webmaster:
Kin Tat Ko, City University of Hong Kong
Conference Website:
Conference Inquiry:
icgl2010 at cityu dot edu dot hk

Programme Committee:
Eric Atwell, Leeds University, UK
Collin Baker, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA
Emily Bender, University of Washington, USA
Bran Bogureav, IBM, USA
Harry Bunt, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Nicoletta Calzolari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Key-Sun Choi, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Khalid Choukri, Evaluations and Language Resources Distribution Agency, France
Chris Cieri, Linguistic Data Consortium, USA
Alex Chengyu Fang, City University, Hong Kong
Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, USA
Charles Fillmore, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA
Sadaoki Furui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Eva Hajicova, Charles University, Czech Republic
Chu Ren Huang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Academia Sinica
Erhard Hinrichs, Universität Tübingen, Germany
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Hitoshi Isahara, NICT, Japan
Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kiyong Lee, Korea University, South Korea
Srini Narayanan, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley, USA
Martha Palmer, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, USA
Sameer Pradhan, BBN Technologies, USA
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA
Laurent Romary, Max-Planck Digital Library, Germany
Vasile Rus, University of Memphis, USA
Antonio Sanfilippo, Batelle labs, USA
Satoshi Sekine, New York University, USA
Pavel Smrz, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Maosong Sun, Tsinghua University, China
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Piek Vossen, Vrije University, Holland
Jonathan Webster, City University, Hong Kong
Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands