Special Issue on Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources

Keywords

  • Wikipedia
  • Wiktionary
  • Mechanical Turk
  • Games with a Purpose
  • Folksonomies
  • Twitter
  • Social Networks

About the Journal

Language Resources and Evaluation is the first publication devoted to the acquisition, creation, annotation, and use of language resources, together with methods for evaluation of resources, technologies, and applications.

Introduction

In recent years, online resources collaboratively constructed by ordinary users on the Web have considerably influenced the language resources community. They have been successfully used for example as a substitute for conventional language resources and as semantically structured corpora. Particularly, knowledge acquisition bottlenecks and coverage problems pertinent to conventional language resources can be overcome by collaboratively constructed resources.

The resource that has gained the greatest popularity in this respect so far is Wikipedia. However, other promising resources were recently discovered, such as folksonomies, Twitter, the Wiki dictionary Wiktionary, social Q&A sites like WikiAnswers, approaches based on Mechanical Turk, or game‐based approaches.

The benefits of using collaboratively constructed resources come along with new challenges, such as the interoperability with existing resources, or the quality of the extracted lexical semantic knowledge. Interoperability between resources is crucial as no single resource provides perfect coverage. The quality of collaboratively constructed resources is a fundamental issue, as they often lack editorial control or contain incomplete entries. These challenges actually present a chance for natural language processing methods to improve the quality of collaboratively constructed resources. Researchers have therefore proposed techniques for link prediction or information extraction that can be used to guide the "crowds" in constructing resources of better quality.

Topics

Specific topics include but are not limited to:

     

  • Analysis of collaboratively constructed resources, such as wiki‐based resources, folksonomies, Twitter, or social networks;

  • Using special features of collaboratively constructed resources to create novel resource types, for example revision‐based corpora, simplified versions of resources, etc.;

  • Analyzing the structure of collaboratively constructed resources related to their use in computational linguistics and language technology;

  • Interoperability of collaboratively constructed resources with conventional language resources and between themselves;

  • Mining social and collaborative content for constructing structured language resources (e.g. lexical semantic resources) and the corresponding tools;

  • Mining multilingual information from collaboratively constructed resources;

  • Game‐based approaches to resource creation;

  • Mechanical Turk for building language resources;

  • Quality and reliability of collaboratively constructed language resources.

     

We would also like to welcome papers outlining the challenges related to using collaboratively constructed resources in computational linguistics and language technology, and spanning the cross‐disciplinary boundaries to discourse analysis, social network analysis, and artificial intelligence.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 1, 2010
Preliminary decision: Oct 1, 2010Oct 31, 2010
Submission of revised articles:Nov 1, 2010
Final versions due:  Feb 1, 2011

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be not exceed 30 pages, must be in English, and follow the submission guidelines on the Language Resources and Evaluation Web site.

Submissions will be reviewed according to the standards of the LRE journal. Papers should not have been submitted or published elsewhere but may be substantially extended or refined versions of conference papers.


Substantially extended and revised versions of papers accepted at previous workshops concerned with collaboratively constructed semantic resources, e.g. the ACL 2009 workshop on "Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources" or the forthcoming COLING 2010 workshop on the same topic are encouraged.

Authors are encouraged to send a brief email to Torsten Zesch indicating their intention to submit an article as soon as possible, including their contact information and the topic they intend to address in their submissions.

 

To submit papers:

 

Guest Editors

Iryna Gurevych and Torsten Zesch

Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Guest Editorial Board

Anette Frank Heidelberg University
Christiane Fellbaum Princeton University
Delphine Bernhard LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France
Diana McCarthy Lexical Computing Ltd
Graeme Hirst University of Toronto
Gregory Grefenstette Exalead, France
György Szarvas Technische Universität Darmstadt
Laurent Romary INRIA, France
Lothar Lemnitzer BBAW, Berlin, Germany
Massimo Poesio University of Essex
Piek Vossen University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rada Mihalcea University of North Texas
Saif Mohammad National Research Council Canada


Contact

For further information about the special issue, please contact Torsten Zesch.

 

 

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