The 2023 Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation

Full Day Workshop @ IWCS 2023 | Nancy, France | 20 June, 2023

June 20, 2023: Physical event.

Previous ISA Workshops

ISA-18 (@LREC 2022, Marseille)

ISA-17 (@IWCS 2021, online)

ISA-16 (@LREC 2020, virtual)

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-19, the Nineteenth Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation. This is the 2023 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 researchers who produce or consume annotations 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, coreference, quantification, visualisation and motion, and people and objects participating in activities and events. The ISO organization pursues the establishment of standardised annotation methods and representation schemes for these and related areas, in support of the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

The ISA workshops provide a forum for researchers to identify and discuss challenges in effective manual or automatic semantic annotation, and to critically examine and compare new and existing approaches and frameworks.

Proceedings available now, also in the format in which it will be published in the ACL Anthology - look here!


Tuesday, June 20

09:00 Opening
Session 1
09:10 Elizabeth Spaulding, Kathryn Conger, Anatole Gershman, Rosario Uceda-Sosa, Susan Windisch-Brown, James Pustejovsky, Peter Anick and Martha Palmer: The DARPA Wikipedia Overlay Wikidata as an ontology for natural language processing
9.45: Maria Todorova: Semantic annotation of common lexis verbs of contact in Bulgarian
10:10 Coffee break
Session 2
10:40 Min Dong and Alex Fang: Appraisal Theory and the annotation of speaker-writer engagement
11:15 Johannes Heinecke and Maria Boritchev: metAMoRphosED: A graphical editor for Abstract Meaning representations
11:35 Carla Sökefeld, Melanie Andresen, Johanna Binnewitt, and Heike Zinsmeister: Personal Noun Detection for German
11:55 Krzysztof Hwaszcz, Marcin Oleksy, Aleksandra Domogała, and Jan Wieczorek: Applying ISO 24617-2 on a cusp of languages
12:15 End of morning sessions
12:30 Lunch break
Session 3
14:00 Andy Lücking: Towards Referential Transparent Annotations of quantified noun phrases
14:20 Harry Bunt: The compositional semantics of QuantMl annotations
15:00 Tea break
Session 4
15:30 Kiyong Lee, Nikhil Krishnaswamy, and James Pustejovsky: An abstract specification of VoxML as an annotation language
16:05 Corbyn Terpstra, Ibrahim Khebour, Mariah Bradford, Brett Wisniewski, Nikhil Krshnaswamy and Nathaniel Blanchard: How good is automatic segmentation as a multimedia discourse annotation aid?
16:25 Closing
16:30ISO TC 37 / SC 4/ WG 2 Meeting of ISO Working Group on semantic annotation

Call For Papers


Topics include, but are not llimited to:
  • methodological aspects of semantic annotation
  • design and evaluation of semantic annotation schemas
  • innovative mthods for automated and manual annotation
  • context-aware annotation learning
  • integration of semantic annotation and other linguistic annotations
  • considerations for merging annotations of different phenomena
  • multi-layered annotations and representations
  • semantic annotation, representation and their interrelatedness
  • experiments in semantic annotation
  • levels of granularity in annotation schemes
  • use of context in semantic annotation processes
  • applications of semantic annotation
  • generating scenes from annotated text
  • events and participants in annotation and visualisation
  • uncertainty and ambiguity in annotations
  • semantic annotation and ontologies
  • comparative studies of semantic annotation schemes
  • annotator agreement and other metrics for evaluating semantic annotations
  • qualitative evaluation of semantic annotations
  • applications of semantic annotation
  • best practices for semantic annotation procedures
  • combining annotations from different schemes
  • semantic annotation, interpretation, and inference
  • application and evaluation of standards for semantic annotation
  • software tools to support semantic annotation
  • lanugage- or application-specific aspects of semantic annotation
  • capturing semantic information in images and video
  • issues in the annotation of semantic information in specific domains, such as:
    • events, states, processes, circumstances, facts
    • space, motion events and 3D objects as participants
    • relations in discourse and dialogue
    • modality, polarity, and factuality
    • quantification and modification
    • coreference relations
    • semantic roles and predicate-argument structures
    • reference and named entities
    • attribution, sentiment, attitudes, and emotions

Submission information

All submissions should be in pdf, using the IWCS 2023 format, through the ISA-19 submission link

Types of Submission

The following 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 (3-5 pages including references).
The accepted papers will be published as part of the IWCS 2023 proceedings and in the ACL Anthology.

Important Dates

April 12: Deadline for submission
April 25: Notification of acceptance
May 14: Camera-ready paper submission


Registration is through the IWCS 2023 registration site.


The ISA-19 workshop is hosted by the IWCS 2023 conference in Nancy, France, see the IWCS 2023 conference website.

Further information:

For any questions contact the workshop chair,

Organizing Committee

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

Program Committee (t.b.c.)

  • Jan Alexandersson
  • Johan Bos
  • Harry Bunt (chair)
  • Stergios Chatzykiriakidis
  • Jae-Woong Choe
  • Robin Cooper
  • Rodolfo Delmonte
  • David DeVault
  • Simon Dobnik
  • Jens Edlund
  • Alex Fang
  • Robert Gaizauskas
  • Koiti Hasida
  • Nancy Ide
  • Elisabetta Jezek
  • Nikhil Krishnaswamy
  • Kiyong Lee
  • Paul Mc Kevitt
  • Philippe Muller
  • Rainer Osswald
  • Catherine Pelachaud
  • Guy Perrier
  • Volha Petukhova
  • Massimo Poesio
  • Andrei Popescu-Belis
  • Laurent Prevot
  • Stephen Pulman
  • Matthew Purver
  • James Pustejovsky
  • Laurent Romary
  • Purificação Silvano
  • Matthew Stone
  • Thorsten Trippel
  • Carl Vogel
  • Menno van Zaanen
  • Annie Zaenen
  • Heike Zinsmeister