LREC 2014 Workshop Language Technology Service Platforms: Synergies, Standards, Sharing - May 31, 2014, Reykjavik Contact: lrec-infra at lrec-conf.org
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Motivation and background Increasingly, Human Language Technology (HLT) requires sophisticated infrastructures to support research, development, innovation, collaboration and deployment as services ready for production use. To address this need, several supporting infrastructures have been established over the past few years, and others are being built or planned. The LREC 2014 Workshop on Language Technology Service Platforms brings together major infrastructural/coordination initiatives from all over the world. The overall goal is to explore means by which these and other infrastructure projects can best collaborate and interoperate in order to avoid duplication of effort, fragmentation, and above all, to facilitate the use and reuse of technologies and resources distributed throughout the world.
Focus Web services are an increasingly common means to provide access to language technologies and resources. These services typically work in combination with repositories of language resources and workflow managers. This development brings with it its own set of issues in relation to collaboration and interoperability, including: interoperability of input to and output from language technologies deployed as web services; means to provide services for evaluation/replicability of results and iterative development; means to support multi-site collaborative work; licensing and cataloguing of language technologies and resources; sharing and access mechanisms to language technologies and resources; quality assessment and sustainability of language technologies and resources.
Aims This workshop aims to foster discussion on these (and related) issues in order to arrive at a set of concrete plans for future collaboration and cooperation as well as immediate next steps. General discussions will focus on the following questions: How can the various infrastructures collaborate, in both the near and long-term future? What are the steps needed in order to share both language technologies and resources? How can the projects and initiatives (including not only those involved in the workshop, but also others) join forces in order to eventually create a global infrastructure for Human Language Technologies?
The goal is to leave the workshop with a resolution that 1. lists all active infrastructure and platform initiatives, 2. describes the consensus of all initiatives involved in the workshop, 3. outlines the requirements for collaboration and 4. proposes solutions.
Researchers and technologists interested in platforms, services, sharing of language resources etc. are encouraged to participate in the workshop in order to make sure that their voice is heard. As described above, the consensus and outcome of the workshop will be put down in writing in a short resolution document meant to be used by the whole community for public relation and dissemination purposes, especially with regard to discussions with journalists, administrators, politicians and funding agencies.
Preliminary program plan The first session will provide short introductions to the infrastructural/coordination initiatives involved in the organisation. In order to outline some concrete next steps for the immediate future, there will be sessions devoted to surveying two to four currently implemented solutions to crucial problems, with an eye toward assessing and comparing the various solutions in order to determine immediate action items. These sessions will address topics such as: interoperability and the use of standards, for example, syntax and semantics used to exchange information between web services and/or technologies that may not have been developed at the same site (i.e., that do not necessarily utilize the same formats, categories, etc.) implemented means to provide evaluation/replicability and means to enable multi-site collaboration licensing for data and tools shared over networks and services.
Contribute to an overview of the Language Resources and Technologies landscape! In order to facilitate the discussion we ask workshop participants to answer the following questions and to send their answers to the organisers (see Contact mail below) at the beginning of May. A summary of the responses will be provided at the workshop to inform and to focus the discussion. (1) Access -- How do you make information about your tools and/or resources available to the world? How and where do you find information on tools and resources you would like to use? (2) Obstacles to Data and Technology Exchange -- What do you see as the major obstacle(s) to the exchange of data between technologies? (3) Data or Technology Gaps -- Are there tools, technologies or resources that do not exist at this time that are required to answer your research or development questions? (4) Interoperability and Standards -- What syntax and semantics do you use to exchange information between web services and/or tools that may not have been developed at the same site (i.e., do not necessarily utilize the same formats, categories, etc.)? (5) Evaluation -- What have you implemented to provide evaluation/replicability? (6) Licensing -- How are you handling licensing for data shared over networks and services? (7) Collaboration -- How would you propose to promote collaboration among the various infrastructure projects located around the world?
We also welcome any additional comments or views that you wish to express.
We look forward to welcoming you in Reykjavik!
Organising Initiatives COCOSDA ELRA -- European Language Resource Association FLaReNet Language Applications (LAPPS) Grid Language Grid META-NET MLi -- Towards a MultiLingual Data & Services infrastructure MUSE FP7 -- ClowdFlows initiative Research Data Alliance
Organisers Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC-CNR, Italy and ELRA, France) Khalid Choukri (ELRA, France) Christopher Cieri (LDC, USA) Tomaz( Erjavec (Joz(ef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA) Toru Ishida (Kyoto University, Japan) Oleksandr Kolomiyets (KU Leuven, Belgium) Joseph Mariani (LIMSI-CNRS and IMMI, France) Yohei Murakami (Kyoto University, Japan) Satoshi Nakamura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) Senja Pollak (Joz(ef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University, USA) Georg Rehm (DFKI GmbH, Germany) Herman Stehouwer (Max Planck, Germany) Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI GmbH, Germany) Andrejs Vasil,jevs (Tilde, Latvia) Peter Wittenburg (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands)
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