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META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking, LREC 2012


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Welcome to the META-RESEARCH Workshop
on Advanced Treebanking at LREC 2012


Apr.  6, 2012: Schedule and book of abstracts (pdf) available.
Mar. 19, 2012: Acceptance/rejection letters sent. Congratulations to authors of accepted papers! Schedule and program will be available soon. Please note that the deadline for submitting the 8-page Camera Ready copy (through START website) is Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
Feb. 19, 2012: Deadline for submissions extended to midnight CET, Thursday Feb. 23, 2012.
Feb.  2, 2012: START system for submissions ready (at Softconf's START website). Deadline now: Feb. 23, 2012.
Jan. 30, 2012: Program Committee complete (see below)
Jan. 14, 2012: Date of the workshop fixed: Tuesday, May 22, morning session (Room 5)
Dec. 22, 2011: Workshop accepted

Call for papers and Submission Information

The Workshop

Many EU and world-wide projects and research groups are creating, standardizing, converting and/or using treebanks, thereby often tackling the same issues and reinventing methods and tools. The workshop has been conceived by four projects, namely T4ME, META-NORD, CESAR and META4U, which under the META-NET umbrella project strive to make many treebanks and other LRT available for R&D. However, the workshop is not limited to participants of META-NET, but it is widely open: papers of authors of any origin will be welcome to share their experiences among those working in this area. Also, papers on using treebanks in innovative ways and/or analyzing issues with current treebanks (both in content and format) will be welcome, to provide feedback to treebank developers. The emphasis is not on linguistic theory or grammar, but on treebanks as language resources.

The Call

As part of the LREC-2012 Language Resources Conference, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, the META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking invites papers on all aspects of treebanking, especially but not limited to

  • Treebank annotation (manual, semi-automatic, automatic) and related issues such as quality control, searching large collections of treebanks, parallel treebanks
  • Treebank conversion between different linguistic representations (e.g. dependency vs. phrase-based) and between different formats
  • Treebank standardization and format unification across languages and styles
  • Combinations of treebanks and other annotations - including but not limited to semantic role labeling, named entity annotation, discourse annotation, information structure
  • Tools and online web services for the management of treebanks, visualization, search, processing, upload and download, etc.
  • Innovative use of treebanks in all areas of natural language research and applications
  • Reuse of treebank annotation for non-traditional purposes and in related disciplines (cognitive science, psycholinguistics, etc.)
  • Improving the use of current treebanks in linguistic and computational R&D.

Oral presentations will have around 20 minutes each; demonstrations and poster presentations will be encouraged (but optional) in addition to the oral presentations, during the entire workshop in the meeting room to stimulate discussions.

Submissions and the Submission Procedure

Submissions cannot be more than 8 pages long and will be reviewed using the START system in the usual double-blind fashion, with at least three reviews for each submission by the members of the Programme Committee. Authors will be asked to provide details about the resources used when preparing material for the paper (see and to the Language Library, the new initiative of LREC 2012.

In your submission, please follow the same general instructions as for the main LREC conference at

The submissions are now open at


  • Jan Hajic,, Charles Univ., Prague, Czech Rep.
  • Koenraad De Smedt,, Univ. of Bergen, Norway
  • Marko Tadic,, Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Antonio Branco,, University of Lisbon, Portugal


  • Submission: Thursday, February 23, 2012 (23:59 CET) Monday, February 20, 2012
  • Decision: Monday, March 19, 2012
  • Camera Ready in START: Wednesday, March, 28, 2012
  • Workshop date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Programme Committee

  • Antonio Branco, Portugal
  • Sabine Buchholz, United Kingdom
  • Khalid Choukri, France
  • Silvie Cinkova, Czech Rep.
  • Dan Cristea, Romania
  • Koenraad De Smedt, Norway
  • Rebecca Dridan, Norway
  • Jan Hajic, Czech Rep.
  • Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Germany
  • Nancy Ide, USA
  • Daisuke Kawahara, Japan
  • Valia Kordoni, Germany
  • Sandra Kuebler, USA
  • Krister Linden, Finland
  • Montserrat Marimon, Spain
  • Adam Meyers, USA
  • Joakim Nivre, Sweden
  • Stephan Oepen, Norway
  • Marco Passarotti, Italy
  • Patrice Pognan, France
  • Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
  • Eirikur Rognvaldsson, Iceland
  • Victoria Rosen, Norway
  • Maria Simkova, Slovakia
  • Inguna Skandina, Latvia
  • Pavel Stranak, Czech Re.
  • Marko Tadic, Croatia
  • Dan Tufis, Romania
  • Barbora Vidova Hladka, Czech Rep.
  • Juergen Wedekind, Denmark
  • Fei Xia, USA
  • Daniel Zeman, Czech Rep.


META-NET is a Network of Excellence dedicated to building the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society.

META-NET organizes various events to promote its goals, among them technology shows (e.g. the META-FORUM event in Brussels), training events, workshops, etc.