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

Hong Kong, January 15-17, 2010

in conjunction with ICGL 10, the Second International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources,
City University of Hong Kong, January 18-20

isa-5 is the fifth 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: Annotation and representation schemes, plus the ISO External Consultation Group for Dialogue Act Annotation.

This workshop aims to bring together experts from ongoing and recent projects concerned with the annotation or representation of linguistic and multimodal semantic information, and its relation to the analysis, interpretation and generation of text, speech, and multimodal communicative behaviour. The main focus of the workshop will be on approaches, experiences, experiments, problems, and proposals concerning the construction or application of interoperable semantically annotated linguistic resources, including the following topics:

  • methodological aspects of semantic annotation
  • experiments in or with semantic annotation
  • semantic annotation and semantic interpretation
  • semantic annotation, ontologies, and inferencing
  • the semantics of semantic annotations
  • issues in semantic annotation in specific domains:
  • integration of annotations across domains
  • best practices in semantic annotation
  • semantic annotation project reports
  • reports and comments on recent, current, and planned ISO projects on developing semantic annotation standards:

    Two types of papers can be submitted:

    Members of the project teams or advisory boards of the ISO projects 24617-1 and 24617-2 also have the possibility to submit commentaries of maximally 2 pages on the most recent versions of the documents describing these projects.
    All submissions should be in the ACL format and should be submitted through the ICGL 2010 website for paper submission.

    Important dates

    Preliminary programme

    Friday, January 15, 2010:
    09:00 - 09:15 Registration
    09.15 - 09:30 Opening
    09:30 - 10:10 ISO project"Semantic Annotation Framework, Part 2: Dialogue acts annotation (SemAF/Dialogue acts)" (ISO CD 2764-2); CD ballot summary and project overview by Kiyong Lee and Harry Bunt
    10:10 - 10:40 "Discourse and Interaction in French conversation, a case study" by Laurent Prevot, Roxane Bertrand, Beatrice Priego-Valverde and Philippe Blache
    10:40 - 11:00 coffee break
    11:00 - 11:20 "IORelator: A Graphical User Interface to Enable Rapid Semantic Annotation for Data-Driven Natural Language Understanding" by David DeVault, Susan Robinson and David Traum
    11:20 - 12:15 ISO project "SemAF/Dialogue acts", discussion of CD ballot comments, part I
    12:15 - 14:00 lunch break
    14:00 - 15:30 ISO project "SemAF/Dialogue acts", discussion of CD ballot comments, part II
    15:30 - 15:50 coffee break
    15:50 - 16:20 "Annotation of temporal and event quantification" by Harry Bunt and James Pustejovsky
    16:20 - 18:00 Proposed new ISO project "SemAF/Discourse relations" by Koiti Hasida

    Saturday, January 16, 2010:
    09:30 - 10:30 ISO project "Morphological annotation framework (MAF)" (ISO DIS 2764-2)
    10:30 - 10:50 coffee break
    10:50 - 11:20 "A full kowledge cycle for semantic interoperability" by Piek Vossen, Wauter Bosma, Eneko Agirre, German Rigau and Aitor Soroa
    11:20 - 11:40 "KAFnotator: a multilingual semantic text annotation tool" by Maurizio Tesconi, Franceso Ronzano, Salvatore Minutoli, Carlo Aliprandi and Andrea Marchetti
    11:40 - 12:10 "Extending MMIL Semantic Representations: Experiments in Dialogue Systems and Semantic Annotation of Corpora" by Alexandre Denis, Lina M. Rojas-Barahona and Matthieu Quignard
    12:10 - 14:00 lunch break
    14:00 - 15:20 ISO project "Syntactic Annotation Framework (SynAF)" by Thierry Declerck
    15:20 - 15:40 coffee break
    15:40 - 18:00 ISO project "Multillingual Interchange Framework (MLIF)" by Samuel Cruz-Lara

    Sunday, January 17, 2010:
    09:00 - 10:30 ISO project "Linguistic Annotation Framework (LAF)" (ISO DIS 24612), part I, by Nancy Ide
    10:30 - 10:50 coffee break
    10:50 - 12:10 ISO project "Linguistic Annotation Framework (LAF)" (ISO DIS 24612), part II, by Nancy Ide
    12:10 - 12:30 "An RDF Realisation of LAF in the DADA Annotation Server", by Steve Cassidy
    12:30 - 14:00 lunch break 14:00 - 15:30 Proposed new ISO project: "Lexical ontology relations" by Nicoletta Calzolari
    15:30 End of ISA-5
    15:30 - 15:50 coffee break
    15:50 -18:00 ISO-internal meetings

    Programme Committee
    Jan Alexandersson
    Harry Bunt
    Nicoletta Calzolari
    Jean Carletta
    Jae-Woong Choe
    Katrin Erk
    Alex Fang
    Gil Francopoulo
    Dafydd Gibbon
    Koiti Hasida
    Nancy Ide
    Kiyong Lee
    Martha Palmer
    Andrei Popescu-Belis
    James Pustejovsky
    Laurent Romary
    David Traum
    Harry Bunt (Tilburg University)
    Alex Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
    Gil Francopoulo (Tagmatica, Paris))
    Ernest Lam (City University of Hong Kong)
    Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
    James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)

    Participation and registration is only possible in conjunction with the Second International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources (ICGL 2010). Registration will be via the on-line registration site of the ICGL 2010 conference. The registration fee for the isa-5workshop is US$ 50,00.

    For urgent questions send email to or Alex Fang at