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Resources and Evaluation for Entity Resolution and Entity Management

        Workshop at LREC10
    Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
        Valletta, Malta  May 22, 2010

This workshop, open to all LREC participants, builds on the success of the workshop
held at LREC08 on Resources and Evaluation for Identity Matching, Entity
Resolution and Entity Management.  We hope to leverage results achieved since
that workshop and advance the state of the art.

There is currently great interest in the extraction and management of structured
information from unstructured text - a need that continues to grow with ever
increasing production of unstructured information.  Much of the information
extracted focuses on people, and this information must be managed - and searchable -
when stored in a structured repository.  This workshop will address the intersection of
the name/record matching, entity resolution, and entity management problems, with
a focus on evaluation methodologies suited to such systems and the language
resources necessary both to perform these tasks and to evaluate them.

Whereas entity extraction systems  are usually evaluated using MUC methodology,
for example, the case is less clear for these "follow-on" technologies.  Even a
seemingly simple task such as matching person names in a database context is
problematic, and although name or record matching systems can be evaluated using
IR evaluation methodologies (à la CLEF or TREC), there are still interesting
methodological issues to resolve before we can refer to a "standard" evaluation
methodology for name/record matching.  Moreover, it is much less clear how to
effectively evaluate identity matching, resolution, and management systems, or
even what it means to perform an effective identity match.

We solicit papers discussing state-of-the-art approaches to name and record
matching, identity resolution, and identity management, as well as novel proposals
for methodologies to evaluate these technologies.  Suggested topics include, but are
not limited to:

•    Research in name / record matching
•    Research in entity disambiguation / resolution / deconfliction
•    Descriptions of systems or best practices for entity management
•    Descriptons of systems that incorporate entity resolution as an essential
•    Evaluation of record matching, entity disambiguation, or entity
                       management in context
•    Resources for identity matching, identity resolution, or identity
•    Resources for evaluation of these technologies

Position papers on the evaluation and integration of identity resolution technologies
will also be considered for acceptance.

Although we are distributing a call for papers and there will be papers accepted for
presentation at the workshop, this workshop will not be a "mini-conference".  Rather,
this workshop will be an interactive and dynamic event.  Presentations will serve to
introduce topics for discussion and to shape the day.  A significant portion of time
will be devoted to interactive exercises, brainstorming, and other "work."  The
workshop will be organized such that all attendees (including the organizers) leave the
workshop more informed-having made progress toward a contextualized and
principled evaluation of identity matching, resolution, and management systems-as
well as more connected, having begun interactive discussions that will continue after
the conference.

Organizing Committee:

Keith J. Miller (The MITRE Corporation)
Mark Arehart (The MITRE Corporation)
Sherri Condon (The MITRE Corporation)
Jason Duncan (M.I.T. Lincoln Labs)
Louise Guthrie (University of Sheffield)
Christopher Dozier (Thomson Reuters)
Elizabeth Schroeder (The MITRE Corporation)
Massimo Poesio (Universita' di Trento)
Emanuele Pianta (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

Important Dates:

Deadline for Paper Submission:  Friday, 12 February 2010
Notification to Authors: Friday, 26 February 2010
Submission of Final Version: Friday, 12 March 2010

Workshop at LREC: Saturday, 22 May 2010

Submission Information:

Papers should be submitted to the START Conference Manager at
https://www.softconf.com/lrec2010/Entity2010/. When submitting a paper from the
START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in
a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been
used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. For
further information on this new initiative, please refer to