Fourth Joint ISO-ACL/SIGSEM Workshop on
Interoperable Semantic Annotation

January 5 and 6, Tilburg, the Netherlands, in conjunction with IWCS-8

Fourth joint workshop of ACL SIGSEM Working Group "The Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information" and ISO TC 37/SC 4 (Language Resources) WG 2: Annotation and representation schemes, including the ISO External Consultation Group for Dialogue Act Annotation.
Open to IWCS-8 participants and other researchers involved or interested in semantic annotation or representation.

This workshop aims to bring together experts from ongoing and recent projects concerned with the annotation, interpretation, or generation of linguistic and multimodal semantic information, to discuss the state of the art and prospects for defining coherent sets of interoperable concepts for semantic annotation. The workshop will focus on the following items:

  • methodological aspects of semantic annotation
  • two recently started ISO projects on semantic annotation:
  • two possible new projects:

    Preliminary programme:

    Monday, January 5, 2009, Dante Building room DZ 5:
    12:00 - 14:00 Registration and lunch
    14.00 - 15:15 Dialogue act annotation (ISO WD 2764-2); Introduction by Harry Bunt (project leader); discussion
    15:15 - 15.40 tea break
    15:40 - 17:30 Dialogue act annotation; Survey of dimensions in 18 existing annotation schemas, presented by Volha Petukhova; discussion

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Dante Building room DZ 5:
    09:30 - 10:45 Dialogue act annotation (ISO WD 2764-2) Continued discussion
    10:45 - 11:10 coffee break
    11:10 - 12:30 Semantic annotation methodologies; Introduction by Harry Bunt; discussion
    12:30 - 14:00 lunch break
    14:00 - 15:15 Representation of dates and other temporal expressions (with OMG); Introductions by Kiyong Lee and James Pustejovsky; contributions by Mark Linehan and Thierry Declerck
    15:15 - 15:40 tea break
    15:40 - 17:00 Spatial annotation; Introduction by James Pustejovsky; discussion

    On Monday morning and Tuesday late afternoon additional meetings will take place of ISO TC37/SC 4/WG 2, both in room DZ 5 of the Dante Building:

    Harry Bunt (Tilburg University)
    Kiyong Lee (Korea University)
    Laurent Romary (CNRS and MPI Berlin)

    Online registration:
    Via the IWCS-8 on-line registration site. For urgent questions send an email to

    Accomodation and travel:
    For travel and accomodation information see the IWCS-8 website.

    Tilburg University,
    Department of Communication and Information Sciences,
    Dante Building, Hogeschoollaan, Tilburg

    See also the list of participants.

    Further information: or, tel: +31 31 466 8118