Sixth Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation

Oxford, January 11-12, 2011, in conjunction with IWCS 2011,
the Ninth International Conference on Computational Semantics,
Computing Laboratory, Oxford University, UK, January 12-14


isa-6 is the sixth edition of a series of joint workshops (see previous workshop) 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 discussions on recent, current, and planned ISO projects on developing semantic annotation standards:

    Three types of submissions are invited:

    All submissions should be in the ACLLaTeX format, should be anonymous, and should be submitted through the ISA-6 2011 website for paper submission.

    Final versions, for publication in proceedings: Using the ACL LateX format, the beginning of your file should look as follows:


    \author{author1 \and author2 \and ... \\
    ...affiliations... \\
    ... email addresses} \\





    Important dates


    Tuesday, January 11, 2011:
    08:45 - 09:00 Registration
    09.00 - 09:10 Opening
    09:10 - 09:40 James Pustejovsky, Jessica Moszkowics and Marc Verhagen: ISO-Space: The Annotation of Spatial Information in Language.
    09:40 - 10.45 Discussion on ISO PWI 24617-6 Semantic Annotation Framework (SemAF), Part 6: ISO-Space (1) (PL: James Pustejovsky)
    10.45 - 11.00 coffee
    11.00 - 12.10 Discussion on ISO PWI 24617-6 SemAF - ISO-Space (2)
    12.10 - 12.30 Leon Derczynski and Robert Gaizauskas: An Annotation Scheme for Reichenbach's Verbal Tense Structure
    12.30 - 14.00 lunch break
    14.00 - 15.15 Discussion of DIS ballot comments on ISO DIS 24617-2 SemAF - Dialogue acts (1) (PL: Harry Bunt)
    15.15 - 15.30 tea
    15.30 - 16.15 Discussion of DIS ballot comments on ISO DIS 24617-2 SemAf - Dialogue acts (2)
    16:15 - 16:45 Volha Petukhova, Laurent Prevot and Harry Bunt: Multi-level Discourse Relations Between Dialogue Units
    16.45 - 17.45 Discussion on ISO PWI 24622 Lexical ontology (PL: Thierry Declerck)
    17.45 - 18.00 Thierry Declerck, Piroska Lendvai and Tobias Wunner: Linguistic and Semantic Description of Labels Used in Knowledge Representation Systems

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011:
    09:00 - 09:45 Discussion on ISO PWI 24617-3 SemAF - Named Entities (PL: Gil Francopoulo)
    09.45 - 10.00 Gil Francopoulo and Francois Demay: A Deep Ontology for Named Entities
    10.00 - 10.20 Clair Bonial, Susan W. Brown, William Corvey, Martha Palmer, Volha Petukhova and Harry Bunt: An Exploratory Comparison of Thematic Roles in VerbNet and LIRICS
    10.20 - 10.35 Abdelati Hawwari, Jena D. Hwng, Aous Mansouri and Martha Palmer: Classification and Deterministic PropBank Annptation of Predicative Adverbs in Arabic
    10:35 - 10:50 coffee
    10:50 - 12:30 Discussion on ISO WD 2461702 - 4 SemAF - Semantic Roles (PL: Martha Palmer)
    12:30 - 14:00 lunch break
    14:00 - 14:20 Nancy Ide, Rashmi Prasad and Aravind Joshi: Towards Interoperability for the Penn Discourse Treebank
    14.20 - 15.20 Discussion on ISO WD 24617-5 SemAF - Discourse Structures (1) (PL: Koiti Hasida)
    15.20 - 15.35 tea
    15.35 - 16.15 Discussion on ISO WD 24617-5 SemAF - Discourse Structures (2)
    16.15 - 16.45 Discussion on ISO PWI 24617-X SemAF - Basics (PL: Harry Bunt)
    16:45 - 16:50 ISA-6 closing, followed by: 16.50 - 17.30 ISO/TC 37/SC 4/WG 2 and WG 4 Plenary
    18:00 - ??:?? IWCS 2011 reception

    Background documents on ISO SemAF projects can be found at

    Programme Committee
    Jan Alexandersson
    Antal van den Bosch
    Harry Bunt (chair)
    Nicoletta Calzolari
    Jae-Woong Choe
    Thierry Declerck
    Alex Fang
    Gil Francopoulo
    Koiti Hasida
    Nancy Ide
    Kiyong Lee
    Lluis Marquez
    Martha Palmer
    Volha Petukhova
    Massimo Poesio
    Andrei Popescu-Belis
    James Pustejovsky
    Laurent Romary
    David Traum
    Piek Vossen
    Yorick Wilks
    Harry Bunt (Tilburg University)
    Kiyong Lee (Korea University, Seoul)
    Gil Francopoulo (Tagmatica, Paris))
    Stephen Pulman (University of Oxford)
    Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
    James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)
    Laurent Romary (CNRS)

    Registration will be via the on-line registration site of the IWCS 2011 conference.

    For urgent questions send email to

    Accomodation and travel:
    For travel and accomodation information see the IWCS 2011 website.