7th Linguistic Annotation Workshop & Interoperability with Discourse

Abbreviated Title: 
LAW VII & ID
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 
26 Apr 2013
Event Dates: 
8 Aug 2013 - 9 Aug 2013
Location: 
Co-located with ACL 2013
City: 
Sofia
Country: 
Bulgaria

The 7th Linguistic Annotation Workshop & Interoperability with Discourse (LAW
VII & ID)
Sponsored by the ACL Special Interest Group on Annotation (SIGANN)

Held in Conjunction with the 51st Annual Association for Computational
Linguistics Conference (ACL'13)
Sofia, Bulgaria
August 8-9 2013
http://www.linguistics.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/law7-id

Important dates
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26 Apr 2013: Submission deadline
24 May 2013: Notification of Acceptance
7 June 2013: Camera-ready paper due
8-9 August 2013: Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria

Workshop overview
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Linguistic annotation of natural language corpora is the backbone of
supervised methods for statistical natural language processing. It also
provides valuable data for evaluation of both rule-based and supervised systems
and can help formalize and study linguistic phenomena.

The LAW provides a forum for presentation and discussion of innovative research
on all aspects of linguistic annotation, including creation/evaluation of
annotation schemes, methods for automatic and manual annotation, use and
evaluation of annotation software and frameworks, representation of linguistic
data and annotations, etc. This year, a significant part of the workshop will
focus on the special theme of Interoperability with Discourse.

Submissions
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We welcome submissions of long (8 pages) and short (4 pages) papers, posters,
and demonstrations, relating to any aspect of linguistic annotation, including:

(a) Annotation procedures:
* Innovative automated and manual strategies for annotation
* Machine learning and knowledge-based methods for automation of corpus
annotation
* Creation, maintenance, and interactive exploration of annotation
structures and annotated data

(b) Annotation evaluation:
* Inter-annotator agreement and other evaluation metrics and strategies
* Qualitative evaluation of linguistic representation

(c) Annotation access and use:
* Representation formats/structures for merged annotations of different
phenomena, and means to explore/manipulate them
* Linguistic considerations for merging annotations of distinct phenomena

(d) Annotation guidelines and standards:
* Best practices for annotation procedures and/or development and
documentation of annotation schemes
* Interoperability of annotation formats and/or frameworks among different
systems as well as different tasks, frameworks, modalities, and languages

(e) Annotation software and frameworks:
* Development, evaluation and/or innovative use of annotation software
frameworks

(f) Annotation schemes:
* New and innovative annotation schemes
* Comparison of annotation schemes

Workshop Theme
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We encourage submission of papers relating to this year's theme,
Interoperability with Discourse. We are particularly interested in the
comparison and interoperability of different models and techniques used for and
in conjunction with discourse annotation, focusing on any of the following
goals:

(a) Creation of new insights within the field of discourse (by juxtaposing two
or more points of view as reflected by different annotation schemes or
annotation techniques).

(b) Fostering interoperability between pragmatic and semantic phenomena in
discourse, ranging from functional categories (e.g. methods, results,
hypotheses,etc.) to traditional discourse relations (connectives, anaphora,
metonymies, etc.)

(c) Connecting syntactic, semantic and pragmatic layers of annotation.

(d) Working towards a framework, representation standards, tools and methods
that will allow the integration and co-existence of current and future
discourse-related annotation schemes.

Workshop Challenge
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This year's workshop continues the tradition of the LAW Challenge, established
last year, which provides funding for travel etc. to the individual or team
that best meets a set of criteria. This year, the judges will give special
consideration to papers closely related to the workshop theme, i.e., (1)
integrating functional discourse annotation from one or more corpora with other
types of annotation; and (2) demonstrating how interoperability can increase
the understanding of the discourse. However, all papers addressing annotation
interoperability or integration will be considered. For further information,
please visit http://nactem.ac.uk/law7-id/.

Submission Information
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The papers should report original and unpublished research on topics of
interest for the workshop. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the
workshop, and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They should
emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate
clearly the state of completion of the reported results.

A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be presented or have
been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings.

Submissions must be in PDF and formatted using the ACL 2013 style files,
available at http://www.linguistics.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/law7-id/.

The maximum length is eight (8) pages of content for long papers or four (4)
pages of content for short papers, posters, and demonstrations, plus up to two
(2) pages of references.

Reviewing of papers will be double-blind. Therefore, the paper must not include
the authors' names and affiliations, and self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." should be
replaced with citations such as "Smith (1991) previously showed ...". Papers
that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review.

Authors of papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or
publications must provide this information on the START online submission page.
Authors of accepted papers must notify the program chairs within 10 days of
acceptance if the paper is withdrawn for any reason.

Submission site: https://www.softconf.com/acl2013/LAWVII-ID/.

Submission deadline: 26 April 2013, 23:59 GMT. Papers submitted after the
deadline will not be reviewed.

Workshop Chairs
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Stefanie Dipper, Ruhr-University Bochum
Maria Liakata, University of Warwick/European Bioinformatics Institute
Cambridge
Antonio Pareja-Lora, SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED

Organizing Committee
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Sophia Ananiadou (University of Manchester)
Cathy Blake (University of Illinois)
Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Piroska Lendvai (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Maria Liakata (University of Warwick/European Bioinformatics Institute
Cambridge)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Anika Oellrich (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Sampo Pyysalo (University of Manchester)
Caroline Sporleder (Trier University)
Manfred Stede (Potsdam University)
Simone Teufel (University of Cambridge)
Anita de Waard (Elsevier Labs)
Fei Xia (University of Washington)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)

Programme Committee
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Sophia Ananiadou (University of Manchester)
Colin Batchelor (Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing)
Cathy Blake (University of Illinois)
Johan Bos (University of Groningen)
Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC/CNR)
Steve Cassidy (Macquarie University)
Christian Chiarcos (University of Frankfurt)
Christopher Cieri (LDC/University of Pennsylvania)
Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado School of Medicine)
Nigel Collier (EMBL-EBI and National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Stefanie Dipper (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Tomaz Erjavec (Josef Stefan Institute)
Alex Chengyu Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Vanessa (Wei) Feng (University of Toronto)
Karen Fort (Loria, Équipe Sémagramme)
Yufan Guo (University of Cambridge)
Udo Hahn (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
Graeme Hirst (University of Toronto)
Eduard Hovy (Carnegie Mellon University)
Chu-Ren Huang (Hong Kong Polytechnic)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College)
Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania)
Jin-Dong Kim (University of Tokyo)
Valia Kordoni (University of Berlin)
Piroska Lendvai (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Maria Liakata (University of Warwick and EMBL-EBI)
Annie Louis (Univerity of Pennsylvania)
Adam Meyers (New York University)
Roser Morante (University of Antwerp)
Raheel Nawaz (University of Manchester)
Anika Oellrich (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC & ILSA, UCM / ATLAS, UNED)
Massimo Poesio (University of Trento)
Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies)
Rashmi Prasad (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Sampo Pyysalo (University of Manchester)
Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (University of Zurich and EMBL-EBI)
Agnes Sandor (Xerox Labs)
Hagit Shatkay (University of Delaware)
Caroline Sporleder (Trier University)
Manfred Stede (Potsdam University)
Simone Teufel (University of Cambridge)
Paul Thompson (University of Manchester)
Katrin Tomanek (University Dordrecht)
Anita de Waard (Elsevier Labs)
Stephen Wan (CSIRO)
Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)
Fei Xia (University of Washington)
Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University)
Heike Zinsmeister (University of Stuttgart)