The 2018 ParlaCLARIN workshop is held in Miyazaki (Japan), as part of the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC2018).
Parliamentary data is a major source of socially relevant content. It is available in ever larger quantities, is multilingual, has rich metadata, and has the distinguishing characteristic that it is essentially a transcription of spoken language produced in controlled circumstances, which is now increasingly released also in audio and video formats. All those factors in combination require solutions related to its archiving, structuring, synchronization, visualization, querying and analysis. Furthermore, adequate approaches to its exploitation also have to take into account the need of researchers from vastly different Humanities and Social Sciences fields, such as political sciences, sociology, history, and psychology.
An inspiring CLARIN-PLUS cross-disciplinary workshop “Working with parliamentary records”  that was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in Spring 2017, and a comprehensive overview of a multitude of the existing parliamentary resources within the CLARIN infrastructure  clearly indicated a need for better harmonization, interoperability and comparability of the resources and tools relevant for the study of parliamentary discussions and decisions, not only in Europe but worldwide.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in compiling, annotating, structuring, linking and visualising parliamentary records that are suitable for research in a wide range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We invite unpublished original work focusing on the collection, analysis and processing of parliamentary records.
Due to Freedom of Information Acts that are supported by the United Nations and set in place in over 100 countries worldwide, parliamentary debates are being increasingly easy to obtain, and have always been of interest to researchers from a wide range fields in Humanities and Social Sciences both for the potential influence of their content, and the specificities of the formalized, often persuasive and emotional language use in this context. As a consequence, there are many initiatives, on the national and international levels, that aim at compiling and analysing parliamentary data. Recent CLARIN-PLUS survey on parliament data has identified over 20 corpora of parliamentary records, with over half of them being available within the CLARIN infrastructure .
Given the maturity, variety, and potential of this type of language data as well as the rich metadata it is complemented with, it is urgent to gather researchers both from the side of those producing parliamentary corpora and making them available, as well as those making use of them for linguistic, historical, political, sociological etc. research in order to share methods and approaches of compiling, annotating and exploring them in order to achieve harmonization of the compiled resources, and to ensure current and future comparability of research on national datasets as well as promote transnational analyses.
Topics of interest
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Creation and annotation of parliamentary data in textual and/or spoken format
- Annotation standards and best practices for parliamentary corpora
- Accessibility, querying and visualisation of parliamentary data
- Text analytics, semantic processing and linking of parliamentary data
- Parliamentary corpora and multilinguality
- Studies based on parliamentary corpora
Submission & Publication
We accept submission of long papers (up to 8 pages), short papers (up to 4 pages) and demo papers (up to 4 pages) to be presented as a long or short oral presentation at the workshop. The papers of the workshop will be published in online proceedings. Papers should follow the LREC stylesheet.
Submission page: https://www.softconf.com/lrec2018/ParlaCLARIN2018/.
When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.) to enable their reuse and replicability of experiments (including evaluation ones). For contact data, stylesheets, up-to-date details on submission and the workshop itself, please consult the workshop website.
- Paper submission deadline:
1020 January 2018 (Timezone: anywhere in the world)
- Notification of acceptance: 12 February 2018
- Camera-ready paper: 26 February 2018 (Timezone: anywhere in the world)
- Workshop Date: 7 May 2018
*** Early registration deadline (LREC2018):
15 22 February 2018. For details, please see LREC2018 page
- Invited Speakers and Panelists: TBA
- Accepted papers: TBA
- Darja Fišer, The Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Franciska de Jong, CLARIN ERIC, The Netherlands
- Maria Eskevich, CLARIN ERIC, The Netherlands
The workshop is supported by the CLARIN research infrastructure. To contact the organizers, please mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: [ParlaCLARIN@LREC2018]).
Programme Committee (in alphabetical order)
- Darius Amilevičius, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
- Ilze Auziņa, University of Latvia, Latvia
- Kaspar Beelen, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Andreas Blätte, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Anastasia Deligiaouri, Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences, Greece
- Griet Depoorter, Dutch Language Institute, Belgium
- Francesca Frontini, Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier, France
- Katerina T. Frantzi, University of the Aegean, Greece
- Maria Gavriilidou, ILSP/Athena RC, Greece
- Goran Glavaš, University of Mannheim, Germany
- Barbora Hladka, Charles University, Czech Republic
- Laura Hollink, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, The Netherlands
- Caspar Jordan, Swedish National Data Service, Sweden
- Martijn Kleppe, National Library of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
- Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Maarten Marx, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Karlheinz Moerth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
- Monica Monachini, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
- Federico Nanni, University of Mannheim, Germany
- Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
- Petya Osenova, IICT-BAS and Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski", Bulgaria
- Simone Paolo Ponzetto, University of Mannheim, Germany
- Wim Peters, University of Strathclyde, UK
- Stelios Piperidis, Athena RC/ILSP, Greece
- Valeria Quochi, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
- Ineke Schuurman, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia
- Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
- Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
- Tamás Váradi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
- Tanja Wissik, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
- Martin Wynne, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, UK