The Sixteenth Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation

Full Day Workshop @ LREC 2020 | Marseille, France | Tuesday 12 May, 2020

CANCELLED: As the LREC 2020 conference has been cancelled, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, so has the ISA-16 workshop. The workshop proceedings are however published according to the original schedule.

Previous ISA Workshops

ISA-16 (@LREC 2020)

ISA-15 (Gothenburg, 2019)

ISA-14 (Santa Fe (NM), 2018)

ISA-13 (Montpellier, 2017)

ISA-12 (Portoroz, 2016)

ISA-11 (London, 2015)

ISA-10 (Reykjavik, 2014)

ISA-9 (Potsdam, 2013)

ISA-8 (Pisa, 2012)

ISA-7 (Istanbul, 2012)

ISA-6 (Oxford, 2011)

ISA-5 (Hong Kong, 2010)

ISA-4 (Tilburg, 2009)

ISA-3 (Marina del Rey, 2008)

ISA-2 (Tilburg, 2007)

ISA-1 (Tilburg, 2005)


Welcome to ISA-16, the Sixteenth Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation, is the most recent edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL Special Interest Group on Computational Semantics (SIGSEM) 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, semantic roles, reference relations, and quantification for which the ISO organization pursues the establishment of annotation standards, in order to support the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

Accepted Papers and Proceedings

The accepted papers are collected in the ISA-16 proceedings

and are directly accessible below, listed alphabetically according to the names of the first authors.
A slightly differently formatted version of the proceedings will be archived in the ACL anthology.
Harry Bunt Annotation of Quantification: The Current State of ISO 24617-12
Pranav Goel, Suhan Prabhu, Alok Debnath, Priyank Modi and Manish Shrivastava Hindi TimeBank: An ISO-TimeML Annotated Reference Corpus
Lars Hellan Interoperable Semantic Annotation
Alexander Henlein, Giuseppe Abrami, Attila Kett and Alexander Mehler Transfer of ISOSpace into a 3D Environment for Annotations and Applications
Kiyong Lee Annotation-based Semantics
Constanza Marini and Elisabetta Jezek Annotating Croatian Semantic Type Coercions in CROATPAS
Johanna Melly, Gabriel Luthier and Andrei Popescu-Belis A Consolidated Dataset for Knowledge-based Question Generation using Predicate Mapping of Linked Data
Massimo Moneglia and Rossella Varvara The Annotation of Thematic Structure and Alternations face to the Semantic Variation of Action Verbs, Current Trends in the IMAGACT Ontology
Volha Petukhova and Harry Bunt Adapting the ISO 24617-2 Dialogue Act Annotation Scheme for Modelling Medical Consultations
Suhan Prabhu, Ujwal Narayan, Alok Debnath, Sumukh S and Manish Shrivastava Detection and Annotation of Events in Kannada
John Roberto and Brian Davies Towards the Ontologization of the Outsider Art Domain: Position Paper
Svetlana Sheremetyeva Towards Creating Interoperable Resources for Conceptual Annotation of Multilingual Domain Corpora

Call For Papers

Besides a main track, ISA-16 features two specialised tracks, focused on:

  1. the annotation of quantification (and quantified modification) in natural language, and
  2. the design and representation of data structures for generating visualisations of linguistically represented objects, properties, and events.

These topics relate to a recently started project on developing an ISO annotation standard for quantification (ISO/WD 24617-12, 'QuantML'), and a proposal for developing an ISO standard for the representation of visual information ('VoxML'), respectively.

Both specialised tracks consist of a pre-conference on-line portion and an on-site portion during the ISA-16 workshop on Tuesday, May 12. For the pre-conference on-line portion participants are invited to submit their commented annotations and representations for a batch of example items that are provided with documentation and guidelines of the envisaged annotation and representation schemes.

Due to the cancellation (or possibly, postponement) of the ISA-16 workshop as a physical meeting, the two specialised tracks have remained dormant. They will be kissed alive in the next installment of the ISA workshop series, expected in 2021.

Topics by Track

Submission Information

Submission Link The ISA-16 submission site
Submission Format A PDF formatted based on the LREC Author's Kit

Types of Submission

Three types of submission are invited:
  • Research papers, describing original research in the area of semantic annotation; these can be either long (6-8 pages, with additional pages for references references) or short (3-5 pages, plus references);
  • Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects involving semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references);
  • Commented annotations/representations for the specialised tracks.

About the LRE Map and ISLRN Numbers

  • Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about “Sharing LRs” (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC repository. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new “regular” feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and share data.
  • As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2020 endorses the need to uniquely identify LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN,, a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in LREC papers will be offered at submission time.


The ISA-16 workshop is hosted by the LREC 2020 conference and is held at the conference center Le Palais du Pharo in Marseille.

Important Dates

1st March, 2020 Deadline for submitting papers
18th March, 2020 Notification of Acceptance
20th March, 2020 Submission of commented annotations for Quantification or Visualization track
1st April, 2020 Submission of Camera Ready Papers
12th May, 2020 ISA-16 Workshop Cancelled

Organizing Committee

  • Harry Bunt (Chair)
  • Nancy Ide
  • Kiyong Lee
  • Volha Petukhova
  • James Pustejovsky
  • Laurent Romary

Program Committee

  • Lasha Abzianidze
  • Jan Alexandersson
  • James Allen
  • Ron Artstein
  • Johan Bos
  • Harry Bunt (Chair)
  • Nicoletta Calzolari
  • Jae-Woong Choe
  • Robin Cooper
  • David DeVault
  • Simon Dobnik
  • Jens Edlund
  • Alex Fang
  • Robert Gaizauskas
  • Kallirroi Georgila
  • Jan Hajic
  • Koiti Hasida
  • Nancy Ide
  • Elisabetta Jezek
  • Nikhil Krishnaswamy
  • Kiyong Lee
  • Paul Mc Kevitt
  • Adam Meyers
  • Roser Morante
  • Philippe Muller
  • Rainer Osswald
  • Volha Petukhova
  • Massimo Poesio
  • Eric Postma
  • Laurent Prevot
  • James Pustejovsky
  • Livio Robaldo
  • Laurent Romary
  • Ielka van der Sluis
  • Manfred Stede
  • Matthew Stone
  • Thora Tenbrink
  • Sara Tonelli
  • Thorsten Trippel
  • Carl Vogel
  • Menno van Zaanen
  • Annie Zaenen
  • Heike Zinsmeister