[open-linguistics] Fwd: CFP:1st International Workshop on Semantic Web for Historical and Legacy Linguistic and Lexicographic Data

John P. McCrae john.mccrae at insight-centre.org
Thu Mar 21 09:44:35 UTC 2019

Apologies for cross-posting, this may be of interest to the list


1st International Workshop on Semantic Web for Historical and Legacy
Linguistic and Lexicographic Data (
https://www.computing.dcu.ie/~rhaque/workshop/index.html) to be held in
conjunction with International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019:
https://iswc2019.semanticweb.org/) Auckland, New Zealand from October
26-27, 2019.

Workshop Description:

Historical, legacy and indigenous language resources are becoming available
on the web in response to open access policies adopted by public and
private research institutions. Legacy data of historical, cultural and
linguistic importance has a significant role in supporting the research
endeavour of fellow scientists across different domains. This emerging
trend presents a new challenge for the institutions on how to efficiently
open up their legacy data to deliver semantically rich, interlinked and
interoperable dataset. Ontologies provide semantics to enrich such
resources and serve the basis for publishing such data using Linked Open
Data(LOD) platforms. However, existing ontologies and platforms do not
provide comprehensive coverage to domain-specific requirements of the
institutions and the target users. This trend further provides a new
opportunity to bridge the among domain digital humanity researchers,
linguists, NLP practitioners and computer scientists by making rich
domain-specific models to semantically uplift the collections, efficiently
interlink the resources using LOD principles and enhance the discovery of
the resources by human users and computer agents. To this end, it becomes
very crucial for both institutional and individual users to come together
to discuss and share the experiences on the semantic publishing of legacy
data on the LOD platforms.

Many historical, socio-cultural and linguistic research centres, national
archives and museums are adopting open access policy to promote efficient
utilisation of their resources by the general public. However, much of the
legacy data lacks detailed semantics to be used and exploited by non-expert
users. Semantic web technologies are capable of enriching the data with
required semantics, however, existing ontologies and available models do
not fully support the domain-specific requirements of users.

As institutions plan to make public records accessible to the general
public, more and more domain-specific information will become available and
linking such data in the LOD cloud will attract significant attention.
Thus, opening a discussion platform that brings various stakeholders such
as digital humanity experts, linguists, NLP experts, computer scientist and
ontology engineers together to present their work and share their
experiences is of paramount importance.

We are interested in a wide range of semantic web topics which are of
relevance for digital humanities, history and language in general.

Representation and modelling of cultural, literacy, historical and legacy
language resources and linguistic data

– Semantic modelling and representation of legacy Linguistic Linked Open
Data (LLOD).
– Ontologies for modelling language resources.
– Semantic representation of lexicographic resources.
– Semantic annotation, enrichment and use of multilingual lexicographic
– Ontology development, alignment and mapping for representing language
resources including
monolingual and multilingual dictionaries, thesaurus, etc.
– Ontologies for representing the evolution of linguistic resources.
– Ontologies for representing the life cycle of legacy language resources
from collection to publication to use.
– Semantic exploration method of cultural, historical and legacy texts.
– Ontologies for representing cultural, historical and legacy speech data.
– Linked Digital Libraries and semantic archives.
– Entity Linking of cultural, historical and legacy data.
– Development of Vocabulary for cultural, historical and legacy texts.
– Ethics and values of using semantic web and linked data for cultural,
historical and legacy texts.
– Use cases discussing semantic publishing of LLOD.
– Challenges and lessons learned during semantic publishing of LLOD.

Applications of semantic web technologies and linguistic resources

– Methods and tools for the integration of language resources for NLP
– Using LOD to connect lexicographic resources.
– Using LOD for evolutionary linguistic research.
– Using semantic web for digital humanities.
– Linking language resources and external community resources.
– Ontology-based framework for historical and legacy data analysis.
– Use cases demonstrating integration and consumption of LLOD by autonomous
systems including chatbots, question answering systems, etc.

Interoperability and interlinking of LLOD resources in the web

– Research in the area of interoperability of language resources across
different applications, languages and locales
– Use cases demonstrating interoperability of language resources improving
application performances
– Challenges and lessons learned from the integration and interoperability
of language resources.
– Challenges in semantic modelling of language resources.
– Challenges of integration of LLOD resources in machine translation

Methods and tools for developing multilingual LLOD

Program Committee (to be extended):

John McCrae, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Marc Spaniol, Normandy University, France
Seamus Lawless, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Pedro Rangel Henriques, Minho University, Portugal
Declan O'Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Frédéric Clavert, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Rob Brennan, Dublin City University, Ireland
Roger Evans, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Fabrizio Orlandi, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Jeremy Debattista, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Christophe Debruyne, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Robert Allen, Yonsei University, South Korea
Solomon Gizaw, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Christian Gudehus, University of Bochum, Germany

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 28 – 23:59 EST (New York City Time) [
Current EST ]
Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, July 24
Camera-ready Papers Due: Thursday, August 16
Workshop: Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27

Submission Information:

We invite the submission of original research results related to the areas
of the workshop.
– Research papers (maximum of 10 pages (excluding references) LNCS style )
should present mature work and established results.
– Short papers (maximum 6 pages (excluding references) LNCS style) may
present proposed research directions, initial results etc.
– Final versions will be given one additional page of content so that
reviewers' comments can be taken into account.
– Submissions should be in English and be submitted in PDF.
– Submission of the papers should be done through the SWH3L-2019 EasyChair
– Abstracts may consist of up to two (2) pages of content, plus unlimited

Organizing Committee:

Mohammed Hasanuzzaman, ADAPT Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Rejwanul Haque, ADAPT Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Yalemisew Abgaz, ADAPT Centre, Dublin, Ireland
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