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Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Chris Wellekens

3-3-16 (2014-05-26) 9th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland

ELRA and the LREC Programme Committee are very pleased to announce that the

LREC 2012 Proceedings have been accepted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings

Citation Index of Thomson Reuters. The CPCI is searchable through the

Web of Science

platform and will provide authors with unprecedented recognition.

LREC 2010 proceedings are currently under review, and chances that they will be

accepted are high! Once published, the proceedings of LREC 2014 will be submitted for

inclusion in the CPCI.

Schedule of all the LREC 2014 Workshops and Tutorials is now online at
On this web page you will find a link to each Workshop Call for Papers and each Tutorial Outline, when available.
Don't hesitate to contact Workshop and/or Tutorial organisers if you have specific questions on their event.

For general LREC 2014 matters, please contact us at
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ELRA is glad to announce the 9th edition of LREC, organised with the support of a wide range of international organisations.


LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Human Language

Technologies (HLT). LREC aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new

R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their

applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, on-going and planned activities, industrial

uses and needs, requirements coming from e-science and e-society, with respect both to policy

issues and to scientific/technological and organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from across

a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and

promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support of investigations in language

sciences, progress in language technologies (LT) and development of corresponding products,

services and applications, and standards.


Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, multimodality

* Guidelines, standards, best practices and models for LRs interoperability

* Methodologies and tools for LRs construction and annotation

* Methodologies and tools for extraction and acquisition of knowledge

* Ontologies, terminology and knowledge representation

* LRs and Semantic Web

* LRs and Crowdsourcing

* Metadata for LRs and semantic/content mark-up

Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications

* Sign language, multimedia information and multimodal communication

* LRs in systems and applications such as: information extraction, information retrieval,

audio-visual and multimedia search, speech dictation, meeting transcription, Computer Aided

Language Learning, training and education, mobile communication, machine translation,

speech translation, summarisation, web services, semantic search, text mining, inferencing,

reasoning, etc.

* Interfaces: (speech-based) dialogue systems, natural language and

multimodal/multisensorial interactions,

* Use of (multilingual) LRs in various fields of application like e-government, e-culture, ehealth,

e-participation, mobile applications, digital humanities, etc.

* Industrial LRs requirements, user needs

Issues in LT evaluation

* LT evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures

* Validation and quality assurance of LRs

* Benchmarking of systems and products

* Usability evaluation of HLT-based user interfaces and dialogue systems

* User satisfaction evaluation

General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

* International and national activities, projects and collaboration

* Priorities, perspectives, strategies in national and international policies for LRs

* Multilingual issues, language coverage and diversity, less-resourced languages

* Open, linked and shared data and tools, open and collaborative architectures

* Organisational, economical, ethical and legal issues.


Big Data, Linked Open Data, LRs and HLT

The ever-increasing quantities of large and complex digital datasets, structured or

unstructured, multilingual, multimodal or multimedia, pose new challenges but at the same

time open up new opportunities for HLT and related fields. Ubiquitous data and information

capturing devices, social media and networks, the web at large with its big data / knowledge

bases and other information capturing / aggregating / publishing platforms are providing

useful information and/or knowledge for a wide range of LT applications.

LREC 2014 puts a strong emphasis on the synergies of the big Linked Open Data and LRs/LT

communities and their complementarity in cracking LT problems and developing useful

applications and services.

LRs in the Collaborative Age

The amount of collaboratively generated and used language data is constantly increasing and

it is therefore time to open a wide discussion on such LRs at LREC. There is a need to discuss

the types of LRs that can be collaboratively generated and used.

Are lexicons, dictionaries, corpora, ontologies (of language data), grammars, tagsets, data

categories, all possible fields in which a collaborative approach can be applied? Can

collaboratively generated LRs be standardised/harmonised? And how can quality control be

applied to collaboratively generated LRs? How can a collaborative approach ensure that lessresourced

languages receive the same digital dignity as mainstream languages?

There is also a need to discuss legal aspects related to collaboratively generated LRs. And last

but not least: are there different types of collaborative approaches, or is the Wikimedia style

the best approach to collaborative generation and use of LRs?


Share your LRs!

In addition to describing your LRs in the LRE Map – now a normal step in the submission

procedure of many conferences – LREC 2014 recognises that the time is ripe to launch

another important initiative, the LREC Repository of shared LRs!

When submitting a paper, you will be offered the possibility to share your LRs (data, tools,

web-services, etc.), uploading them in a special LREC META-SHARE repository set up by


Your LRs will be made available to all LREC participants before the conference, to be reused,

compared, analysed, …

This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new

'regular' feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common

repository where everyone can deposit and share data.


The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, poster and demo

presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote address by the winner of the Antonio

Zampolli Prize.


Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo)

papers: 15 October 2013

Abstracts should consist of about 1500-2000 words, will be submitted through START @

and will be peer-reviewed.

Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 15 October 2013

Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website (

click Submission

from the Home page

) and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.


The Proceedings will include both oral and poster papers, in the same format.

There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. Only the

appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the

paper will be considered.

In addition a Book of Abstracts will be printed.


Nicoletta Calzolari – CNR, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Pisa -

Italy (Conference chair)

Khalid Choukri – ELRA, Paris - France

Thierry Declerck – DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken - Germany

Hrafn Loftsson – School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University - Iceland

Bente Maegaard – CST, University of Copenhagen - Denmark

Joseph Mariani – LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, Orsay - France

Asuncion Moreno – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona - Spain

Jan Odijk – UIL-OTS, Utrecht - The Netherlands

Stelios Piperidis – Athena Research Center/ILSP, Athens - Greece



voice-activated services, etc.


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