isa-9 :
Ninth Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation

Potsdam, Germany, March 19-20, 2013, in conjunction with IWCS 2013

isa-9, the Ninth Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation, is the ninth edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL SIGSEM Working Group "The Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information" and ISO TC 37/SC 4 (Language Resources) WG 2: Semantic annotation.

These workshops bring together experts in the annotation of semantic information as expressed in text, speech, gestures, graphics, video, images, and in multiple modalities combined. Examples of semantic annotation include the markup of events, time, space, dialogue acts, discourse relations, and semantic roles, for which the ISO organization pursues the establishment of annotation standards, in order to support the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

See also the most recent previous ISA workshops: ISA-8 in Pisa, October 2012; ISA-7 in Istanbul, May 2012; ISA-6 in Oxford, 2011; and ISA-5 in Hong Kong, 2010.

Registration is through the IWCS 2013 website. Note that early registration for IWCS 2013 plus ISA-9 is possible until 28 February.
Registration for ISA-9 only is possible for participants who present a paper or represent an ISO project in the workshop. To inquire into this possiblity please contact

University of Potsdam (very near Berlin, almost part of it), Griebnitzsee Campus, Building 6 Room 23 (see IWCS 013 venue).


Tuesday, March 19, Building 6, Room 23:

08.45 - 09.15 On-site registration
09.15 - 09.20 Welcome, opening
09.20 - 09.55 Caterina Mauri, Malvina Nissim, Paola Pietrandrea and Andrea Sanso: Which units for modality annotation?
09.55 - 10.30 Kiyong Lee: Multi-layered annotation of non-textual data for spatial information

10.30 - 11.00 coffee break

11.00 - 11:35 James Pustejovsky and Zachary Yocum: Capturing motion in ISO-SpaceBank
11.35 - 12:30 Overview and Status Report of Project ISO-Space (James Pustejovsky)

12.30 - 14:00 lunch break

14.00 - 14.25 Steve Cassidy: Interoperable annotations in the Australian National Corpus
14.25 - 15.00 Harry Bunt and Martha Palmer: Conceptual and representational choices in defining an ISO standard for semantic role annotation
15.00 - 15.30 Overview and Status Report on Project ISO-SRL, Semantic Roles (Harry Bunt)

15.30-16.00 tea break

16.00 - 16.35 Annie Zaenen and Lauri Karttunen: Verdicity annotation in the lexicon? A look at factive adjectives
16.35 - 17.00 Discussion on possible ISO project on veridicity annotation (Annie Zaenen)
(17.30 IWCS 2013 Reception)

Wednesday, March 20

At IWCS 2013 venue (Building 6):
08.30 - 09.00 On-site IWCS 2013 registration
09.00 - 10.00 IWCS 2013 Invited Talk by Manfred Pinkal

Building 6, room 23:
10.10 - 10.50 Harry Bunt, Alex Chengyu Fang, Jing Cao, Xioyuao Liu and Volha Petukhova: Issues in the addition of ISO standard annotations to the Switchboard corpus

11.00 - 11.30 coffee break

11.30 - 12.05 Ben Verhoeven and Gerhard B. van Huyssteen: More than only noun-noun compounds: Towards an annotation scheme for the semantic modelling of other noun compound types
12.05 - 12.20 Overview and Status Report of Project ISO-DRel, Semantic Relations in Discourse (Rashmi Prasad and Harry Bunt)

12.20 - 13.45 lunch break

13.45 - 14.15 Overview and Status Report of Project ISO-Basics (Harry Bunt)

14.15 - 14.40 Takenobu Tokunaga, Ryu Iida and Koh Mitsuda: Annotation for annotation - Toward eliciting implicit linguistic knowledge through annotation
14.40 - 15.15 James Pustejovsky: Inference patterns with intensional adjectives
15.15 - 16.00 Discussion: Interoperability of ISO semantic annotation frameworks, etiher published or under development (Harry Bunt, Kiyong Lee, James Pustejovsky, Laurent Romary)
16.00 - 16.05 Workshop closing

16.05 - 16.30 tea break

16.30 - 17.00 ISO TC 37/SC 4 WGs plenary meeting

isa-9 Proceedings (pdf)


7 January 2013: Deadline for submitting papers (PASSED)
4 February 2013: Notification of acceptance (PASSED)
25 February 2013: Submission of camera-ready papers (PASSED)
19-20 March 2013: isa-9 Workshop

Harry Bunt
Kiyong Lee
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Jan Alexandersson
Collin Baker
Harry Bunt (chair)
Nicoletta Calzolari
Jae-Woong Choe
Thierry Declerck
Alex Fang
Robert Gaizauskas
Koiti Hasida
Nancy Ide
Aravind Joshi
Michael Kipp
Kiyong Lee
Inderjeet Mani
Martha Palmer
Volha Petukhova
Andrei Popescu-Belis
Rashmi Prasad
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Ted Sanders
Thorsten Trippel
Piek Vossen

For background information see also the websites of recent workshops in the ISA-series, such as
ISA-8, October 2012, Pisa
ISA-7, May 2012, Istanbul
ISA-6, January 2011, Oxford
ISA-5: January 2010, Hong Kong

For any questions contact the workshop chair: