CFP: ACL 2012 3rd Workshop "The People's Web meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources and their Applications to NLP"

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
ACL 2012 Workshop on Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources
Thursday, 12 July 2012 to Friday, 13 July 2012
Republic of Korea
Iryna Gurevych
Nicoletta Calzolari
Jungi Kim
Submission Deadline: 
Sunday, 18 March 2012

ACL 2012 Third Workshop

The People's Web meets NLP:
Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources and their Applications to

Jeju, Republic of Korea
July 12-13, 2012


Recent recognition of Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources
(CSRs) such as Wikipedia [1], Wiktionary [2], Linked Open Data [3], and
other resources developed using crowdsourcing such as Games with a Purpose
[4] and Mechanical Turk [5] has substantially contributed to the research
in natural language processing (NLP).

Researchers started to use such resources to substitute for or supplement
conventional lexical semantic resources such as WordNet or linguistically
annotated corpora in different NLP tasks. Another research direction is to
utilize NLP techniques to enhance the collaboration process and its
outcome. This improves the overall quality of the CSRs [6,7]. Overall, the
emergence of CSRs has generated new challenges to the research field that
are to be addressed in the proposed workshop.

The preceding "The People's Web meets NLP" workshops at ACL-IJCNLP 2009
and COLING 2010 have successfully gathered researchers from different
areas, and enabled an interdisciplinary exchange of research outcomes and
ideas. Such collaboration has contributed to the creation of valuable
semantic resources and tools based on CSRs, such as word sense alignments
between WordNet, Wikipedia, and Wiktionary [8,9,10], folksonomy and named
entity ontologies [11,12], multiword terms [13], ontological resources
[14,15], annotated corpora [16], and Wikipedia and Wiktionary APIs.

The obvious next step in this area is to intensify research that
demonstrates the effectiveness of the resources mined from CSRs as listed
above in a variety of NLP tasks. This is why the 3rd workshop "The
People's Web meets NLP" will especially welcome submissions that utilize
resources and tools for CSRs. We invite both long and short papers and
especially encourage to show the benefit of CSRs in diverse NLP tasks, for
example word sense disambiguation [17] and semantic role labeling [18], in
addition to further exploration of various aspects of CSRs. We also
welcome tutorial-like submissions on using the software for CSRs to
facilitate their wide adoption by the NLP community.

[ 1] Olena Medelyan, David Milne, Catherine Legg and Ian H. Witten. Mining
meaning from Wikipedia. In: International Journal of Human-Computer
Studies. 67(9), 2009.
[ 2] Torsten Zesch, Christof Müller and Iryna Gurevych. Extracting Lexical
Semantic Knowledge from Wikipedia and Wiktionary. In: Proceedings of
the Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2008.
[ 3] Yuan Ni, Lei Zhang, Zhaoming Qiu, and Chen Wang. Enhancing the
open-domain classification of named entity using linked open data.
In: Proceedings of the 9th international semantic web conference
(ISWC'10), 566-581, 2010.
[ 4] Luis von Ahn and Laura Dabbish. General Techniques for Designing
Games with a Purpose. Communications of the ACM, 2008.
[ 5] Rion Snow, Brendan O'Connor, Daniel Jurafsky and Andrew Y. Ng. Cheap
and Fast---But is it Good? Evaluating Non-Expert Annotations for
Natural Language Tasks. Proceedings of EMNLP. 2008.
[ 6] Rada Mihalcea and Andras Csomai. Wikify!: Linking Documents to
Encyclopedic Knowledge. In: Proceedings of the Sixteenth ACM
Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2007.
[ 7] Daniel S. Weld, Fei Wu, Eytan Adar, Saleema Amershi, James Fogarty,
Raphael Hoffmann, Kayur Patel and Michael Skinner. Intelligence in
Wikipedia. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-08), 2008.
[ 8] Elisabeth Niemann and Iryna Gurevych. The People's Web meets
Linguistic Knowledge: Automatic Sense Alignment of Wikipedia and
WordNet. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on
Computational Semantics (IWCS), pp. 205-214, 2011.
[ 9] Christian M. Meyer and Iryna Gurevych. What Psycholinguists Know
About Chemistry: Aligning Wiktionary and WordNet for Increased Domain
Coverage. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference
on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP), 2011.
[10] Roberto Navigli and Simone Paolo Ponzetto. BabelNet: Building a very
large multilingual semantic network. In: Proceedings of the 48th
Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
(ACL), 2010.
[11] Noriko Tomuro and Andriy Shepitsen. Construction of Disambiguated
Folksonomy Ontologies Using Wikipedia. In: Proceedings of the 2009
Workshop on The People's Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed
Semantic Resources, 2009.
[12] Yumi Shibaki, Masaaki Nagata and Kazuhide Yamamoto. Constructing
Large-Scale Person Ontology from Wikipedia. In: Proceedings of the
2nd Workshop on The People's Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively
Constructed Semantic Resources, 2010.
[13] Silvana Hartmann, Gyuri Szarvas and Iryna Gurevych. Mining Multiword
Terms from Wikipedia. In M.T. Pazienza & A. Stellato (Eds.):
Semi-Automatic Ontology Development: Processes and Resources, 2011.
[14] Christian M. Meyer and Iryna Gurevych. OntoWiktionary — Constructing
an Ontology from the Collaborative Online DictionaryWiktionary. In M.
T. Pazienza and A. Stellato (Eds.): Semi-Automatic Ontology
Development: Processes and Resources, 2011.
[15] Vivi Nastase, Michael Strube, Benjamin Börschinger, Cäcilia Zirn, and
Anas Elghafari. WikiNet: A very large scale multi-lingual concept
network. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on
Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), 2010.
[16] Jon Chamberlain, Udo Kruschwitz and Massimo Poesio. Constructing an
Anaphorically Annotated Corpus with Non-Experts: Assessing the
Quality of Collaborative Annotations. In: Proceedings of the 2009
Workshop on The People's Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed
Semantic Resources, 2009.
[17] Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Roberto Navigli. Knowledge-rich Word Sense
Disambiguation rivaling supervised systems. In: Proceedings of the
48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
(ACL), 2010.
[18] Ana-Maria Giuglea and Alessandro Moschitti. Semantic role labeling
via FrameNet, VerbNet and PropBank. In: Proceedings of the 21st
International Conference on Computational Linguistics and the 44th
annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
(ACL), 2006.


Specific topics include but are not limited to:

* Using collaboratively constructed resources and the information mined
from them for NLP tasks (cf. Section "References"), such as word sense
disambiguation, semantic role labeling, information retrieval, text
categorization, information extraction, question answering, etc.;
* Mining social and collaborative content for constructing structured
lexical semantic resources, annotated corpora and the corresponding
* Analyzing the structure of collaboratively constructed resources related
to their use in NLP;
* Computational linguistics studies of collaboratively constructed
resources, such as wiki-based platforms or folksonomies;
* Structural and semantic interoperability of collaboratively constructed
resources with conventional semantic resources and between themselves;
* Mining multilingual information from collaboratively constructed
* Using special features of collaboratively constructed resources to
create novel resource types, for example revision-based corpora,
simplified versions of resources, etc.;
* Quality and reliability of collaboratively constructed lexical semantic
resources and annotated corpora;
* Hands-on practical knowledge on utilization of CSR APIs and tools or
designing crowdsourcing procedures for high quality outcomes.

Though the workshop welcomes any CSRs-related topics, preference will be
given to submissions on CSRs' application to NLP tasks, which is the
special interest of this workshop edition. Thereby, we encourage the
participation of researchers with various backgrounds: from computational
linguistics (e.g. parsing and discourse analysis) to NLP applications and
other areas that might benefit from collaboratively constructed semantic
resources. Given that we receive a sufficient number of tutorial-like
submissions, a dedicated presentation session for those will be scheduled.

Extended versions of the papers may be submitted in parallel for
publication in an edited volume "The People's Web Meets NLP:
Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources." The book will be
published in fall - winter 2012 as part of the Springer book series:
"Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing", E. Hovy, M.
Johnson and G. Hirst (eds.). Please refer to the open call for
contributions shown below:

===Invited Speaker===

To be announced

===Submission Information===

The following is to be confirmed

Full paper submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL 2012
proceedings without exceeding eight (8) pages of content plus one extra
page for references. Short paper submissions should also follow the
two-column format of ACL 2012 proceedings, and should not exceed four (4)
pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX
style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's
conference, which are available on the conference website
( All submissions must conform to
the official ACL 2012 style guidelines announced in the conference website
and they must be electronic in PDF.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the
author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", must
be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed
(Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to these requirements will
be rejected without review.

Submission will be electronic using submission software
( All accepted papers
will be presented orally and published in the workshop proceedings.

===Important dates===

March 18, 2012 Paper submission deadline (full and short)
April 16, 2012 Notification of acceptance
April 30, 2012 Camera-ready version due
July 12-13, 2012 ACL 2012 Workshops

The exact date for the workshop "The People's Web meets NLP:
Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources and their Applications to
NLP" is yet to be announced.


Iryna Gurevych Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab, TU
Nicoletta Calzolari Zamorani Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR
Jungi Kim Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab, TU

===Program Committee===

Andras Csomai Google Inc.
Andreas Hotho Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Anette Frank Heidelberg University
Benno Stein Bauhaus University Weimar
Christian Meyer Technische Universität Darmstadt
David Milne University of Waikato
Delphine Bernhard University of Strasbourg
Diana McCarthy Lexical Computing Ltd, UK
Donald Metzler Information Sciences Institute, University of
Southern California
Emily Pitler University of Pennsylvania
Ernesto William De Luca Technische Universität Berlin
Florian Laws University of Stuttgart
Gerard de Melo UC Berkeley
German Rigau University of the Basque Country
Graeme Hirst University of Toronto
Günter Neumann DFKI Saarbrücken
Ido Dagan Bar Ilan University
John McCrae University of Bielefeld
Jong-Hyeok Lee Pohang University of Science and Technology
Judith Eckle-Kohler Technische Universität Darmstadt
Key-Sun Choi Korea Advanced Institute of Science and
Magnus Sahlgren Swedish Institute of Computer Science
Manfred Stede Universität Potsdam
Massimo Poesio University of Essex
Omar Alonso Microsoft Bing
Paul Buitelaar DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway
Rene Witte Concordia University Montréal
Roxana Girju University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Saif Mohammad National Research Council Canada
Shuming Shi Microsoft Research
Sören Auer Leipzig University
Tat-Seng Chua National University of Singapore
Tonio Wandmacher SYSTRAN, Paris, France
Zornitsa Kozareva Information Sciences Institute, University of
Southern California