CFP: Linked Data in Linguistics 2012 (LDL 2012) - submission deadline August 7, 2011

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Although the workshop is held in 2012 the submission deadline is on 
*August 7, 2011*
As a side note: There will also be a small workshop on Open Linguistics 
on June 30th, at OKCon 2011 in Berlin:


Linked Data in Linguistics
Representing and connecting language data and language metadata

Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German 
Linguistic Society (DGfS),
to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, March 7-9, 2012
Date: March 7-9, 2012
Submission Deadline: August 7, 2011
Venue: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

** Overview **
The explosion of information technology has led to a substantial growth 
in quantity, diversity and complexity of linguistic data accessible over 
the Internet. These resources become even more useful when linked with 
each other. This workshop will present principles, use cases, and best 
practices for using the linked data paradigm[a] to represent, exploit, 
store, and connect different types of linguistic data collections.
The intended audience includes empirically-working linguists and 
philologists interested in the representation, exchange and interlinking 
of linguistic data and metadata, computer scientists and computational 
linguists interested in the application of Semantic Web formalisms and 
technologies to language data, and developers of infrastructures for 
linguistic data and other researchers with an interest in both aspects.

** Linguistic data and metadata **
The last years have seen the rapid development of linguistic data 
collections available over the Internet. The workshop intends to address 
questions and use cases for the creation, publication and application of 
data collections including (but not limited to):

1. Language archives for (endangered) languages, that contain a wealth 
of textual material as well as audio and video (DOBES, PARADISEC, ELAR). 
How can this material be mobilized?
2. Typological databases such as the World Atlas of Language Structures 
(WALS), or the Typological Database System (TDS) provide rich 
repositories of information about languages and their respective 
features. An interesting feature would be to combine the information 
from these resources, for example "Is it true that OV languages [WALS 
feature 83A] are characterized by pitch accent [TDS, StressTyp data 
base]" ? How can such queries be accomplished?
3. Computational lexicography uses formalisms such as RDF, SKOS and OWL 
to encode dictionaries and to employ them in different applications. 
What are the practical benefits of this representation?
4. Lexical-semantic resources such as WordNet, FrameNet and general 
knowledge bases like DBpedia and Yago represent the very foundation of 
computational semantics, and are also available in OWL and RDF. How does 
this representation improve the accessibility and the application of 
these resources?
5. Linguistic corpora involve an increasing diversity of annotations 
such as syntax, semantics and coreference (e.g., 
PennTreeBank/PropBank/PennDiscourseTreebank, OntoNotes, SALSA/TIGER). 
How can such multi-layered corpora be represented, evaluated and 
connected to electronic lexicons, lexical-semantic resources, or 
metadata repositories?
6. Metadata repositories provide common vocabularies for the description 
of other types of linguistic data, thus enabling to compare and 
integrate them. This includes information about languages (e.g. in 
LL-MAP or Mulitree), but also information about linguistic data 
categories and phenomena (e.g. in GOLD and ISOcat). How do such common 
repositories improve the re-usability of linguistic resources in 
research and in Semantic Web applications?

It is the challenge of our time to store, interlink and exploit this 
wealth of data. Our workshop leverages the Digital Humanities paradigm 
within linguistics, focusing on the use of information technology to 
improve data-driven linguistic research.
This workshop invites researchers from the fields of language 
documentation, typology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, 
as well as researchers from other empirically-oriented disciplines of 
linguistics who share an interest in data and metadata modelling with 
Semantic Web technologies such as RDF or OWL.

** Topics of interests **
We invite contributions related (but not limited) to one of the 
following topics:
1. Use cases and project proposals for the creation, maintenance and 
publication of linguistic data collections that are linked with other 
2. Modelling linguistic data and metadata with OWL and/or RDF
3. Ontologies for linguistic data and metadata collections
4. Applications of such data, other ontologies or linked data from any 
subdiscipline of linguistics (may include work in progress or project 
5. Legal and social aspects of Linked Linguistic Data

** Goals **
Beside the discussion of projects, experiences and open questions, the 
workshop hopes to support the on-going development of a community of 
researchers interested in linked linguistic data. This involves the 
following aspects:

1. The primary goal is to establish interdisciplinary contact across the 
boundaries between different subdisciplines of applied linguistics, 
computational linguistics and neighbouring fields. We are under the 
impression that people coming from very different backgrounds encounter 
similar issues in their work and that there is potential for synergies 
2. The second goal is to increase the amount of Linked Open Data on the 
web so that researchers can make use of the data already out there. In 
other words: we want to find the data giants on whose shoulders future 
generations would be able to stand, and convince them to make their data 
available as Linked Data.
3. The third goal is to discuss strategies, reasons and problems to 
publish linguistic data under open licensed, with the perspective to 
increase the prestige of data as a form of scientific production which 
does not need to shy away from comparison with more established genres 
like articles or monographs.

** Submission **
For submission details, please consult the workshop webpage:

** Important Dates **
August 7, 2011: Deadline for extended abstracts (four pages plus 
September 9, 2011: Notification of acceptance
October 23, 2011: One-page abstract for DGfS conference proceedings
December 1, 2011: Camera-ready papers for workshop proceedings (eight 
pages plus references)
March 7-9, 2012: Workshop
March 6-9, 2012: Conference

** Invited speakers **
Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Nancy Ide (American National Corpus, Vassar College)

** Workshop organizers **
Sebastian Nordhoff (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, 
Leipzig, Germany)
Christian Chiarcos (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Sebastian Hellmann (University of Leipzig, Germany)

** Programme committee**

The workshop is endorsed and sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for 
Evolutionary Anthropology ( and the LOD2 project: 
Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data (

Dipl. Inf. Sebastian Hellmann
Department of Computer Science, University of Leipzig
Research Group:

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