[open-linguistics] CfP LRE Journal Special Issue: “Under-resourced Languages, Collaborative Approaches and Linked Open Data: Resources, Methods and Applications”

Christian Chiarcos christian.chiarcos at web.de
Wed Oct 8 13:26:54 UTC 2014

A very good point actually. I don't know for sure, but the following
considerations may be involved.

One reason is that these are basically post-proceedings to an LREC
workshop, so Nicoletta Calzolari invited them to this journal (as they did
with the LDL workshops).

The other reason is, I guess, that LREJ is one of the very few traditional
journals in NLP. Probably not as prestigeous as Computational Linguistics
but also addressing a different clientel.

The third reason is a pragmatic one: Financially, scholars still depend on
evaluation, and ELRA promotes LREJ heavily, so it has a relatively good

The old conflict between doing the ideologically right thing and the
economically necessary, I'm afraid. I wouldn't blame anyone for making
compromises in this regard -- and I have done myself in the past ;)

BTW: Springer has an open access program, for books, at least. They could
probably make this issue open access if the fees are covered by the


2014-10-08 15:07 GMT+02:00 Emily M. Bender <ebender at uw.edu>:

> Given that LRE is not an open-access journal, why is this guest issue
> happening there?
> Emily
> On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 6:05 AM, Christian Chiarcos <
> christian.chiarcos at web.de> wrote:
>> For those not on corpora list (etc.). For the others: Apologies for
>> cross-posting.
>> Christian
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Claudia Soria <claudia.soria at ilc.cnr.it>
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> I am glad to share with you the following call. Please distribute widely!
>> Claudia
>> *************************
>> LRE Journal Special Issue: “Under-resourced Languages, Collaborative
>> Approaches and Linked Open Data: Resources, Methods and Applications”
>> Second Call for Papers
>> (apologies for multiple postings)
>> SUBMISSION DATE: November 30, 2014
>> Under-resourced languages are generally described as languages that
>> suffer from a chronic lack of available resources, from human, financial,
>> and time resources to linguistic ones (language data and language
>> technology), and often also experience the fragmentation of efforts in
>> resource development. This situation is exacerbated by the realization that
>> as technology progresses and the demand for localised languages services
>> over digital devices increases, the divide between adequately- and
>> under-resourced languages keeps widening. Given that most of the world’s
>> almost 7000 languages are not adequately resourced, much work needs to be
>> done in order to support their existence in the digital age.
>> Although the destiny of a language is primarily determined by its native
>> speakers and broader cultural context, the technological development of an
>> under-resourced language offers such a language a strategic opportunity to
>> have the same “digital dignity”, “digital identity” and “digital longevity”
>> as large, well-developed languages on the Web.
>> The Linked (Open) Data framework and the emerging Linguistic Linked
>> (Open) Data infrastructure offer novel opportunities for under-resourced
>> languages. On the one hand, Linked Data offers ways of exposing existing
>> high quality, albeit small, language resources in the Semantic Web and, on
>> the other hand, allows for the development of new state-of-the-art
>> resources without necessarily having to rely on the availability of
>> sophisticated language processing support.
>> This special issue arises from the imperative to maintain cultural and
>> language diversity and from the basic right of all communities, languages,
>> and cultures to be “first class citizens” in an age driven by information,
>> knowledge and understanding. In this spirit, this special issue focuses on
>> three strategic approaches to augment the development of resources for
>> under-resourced languages to achieve a level potentially comparable to
>> well-resourced, technologically advanced languages, viz. a) using the crowd
>> and collaborative platforms; b) using technologies of interoperability with
>> well-developed languages; and c) using Semantic Web technologies and, more
>> specifically, Linked Data.
>> We invite original contributions, not published before and not under
>> consideration for publication elsewhere, that address one or more of the
>> following questions by means of one or more of the three approaches
>> mentioned above:
>> • How can collaborative approaches and technologies be fruitfully applied
>> to the accelerated development and sharing of high quality resources for
>> under-resourced languages?
>> • How can such resources be best stored, exposed and accessed by end
>> users and applications?
>> • How can small language resources be re-used efficiently and
>> effectively, reach larger audiences and be integrated into applications?
>> • How can multilingual and cross-lingual interoperability of language
>> resources, methods and applications be supported, also between languages
>> that belong to different language families?
>> • How can existing language resource infrastructures be scaled to
>> thousands of languages?
>> • How can research on and resource development for under-resourced
>> languages benefit from current advances in semantic and semantic web
>> technologies, and specifically the Linked Data framework?
>> Please submit your articles at http://www.editorialmanager.
>> com/lrev/default.asp
>> Make sure to select “S.I. : Under-resourced languages” when asked to
>> provide the article type.
>> For this special issue we only accept full papers that are typically
>> 18-25 pages in length.
>> Detailed format instructions are available here: http://www.springer.com/
>> education+%26+language/linguistics/journal/10579?
>> detailsPage=pltci_1060319
>> Laurette Pretorius - University of South Africa, South Africa (pretol AT
>> unisa DOT ac DOT ac)
>> Claudia Soria - CNR-ILC, Italy (claudia.soria AT ilc DOT cnr DOT it)
>> Sabine Bartsch, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
>> Delphine Bernhard, LILPA, Strasbourg University, France
>> Peter Bouda, CIDLeS - Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language
>> Documentation, Portugal
>> Paul Buitelaar, Insight, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
>> Steve Cassidy, Macquarie University, Australia
>> Christian Chiarcos, Frankfurt University, Germany
>> Philipp Cimiano, Bielefeld University, Germany
>> Thierry Declerck, DFKI GmbH, Language Technology Lab, Germany
>> Mikel Forcada, University of Alicante, Spain
>> Dafydd Gibbon, Bielefeld University, Germany
>> Yoshihiko Hayashi, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka
>> University, Japan
>> Sebastian Hellmann, Leipzig University, Germany
>> Simon Krek, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
>> Tobias Kuhn, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
>> Joseph Mariani, LIMSI-CNRS & IMMI, France
>> John McCrae, Bielefeld University, Germany
>> Steven Moran, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
>> Kellen Parker, National Tsing Hua University, China
>> Patrick Paroubek, LIMSI-CNRS, France
>> Taher Pilehvar, “La Sapienza” Rome University, Italy
>> Maria Pilar Perea i Sabater, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
>> Laurette Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa
>> Leonel Ruiz Miyares, Centro de Linguistica Aplicada (CLA), Cuba
>> Kevin Scannell, St. Louis University, USA
>> Ulrich Schäfer, Technical University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden,
>> Bavaria, Germany
>> Claudia Soria, CNR-ILC, Italy
>> Nick Thieberger, University of Melbourne, Australia
>> Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Austrian Academy of Sciences, ICLTT, Austria
>> Michael Zock, LIF-CNRS, France
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