11.223 "Dante, Data and toDay", Sofia, 15-21 Sept '97; First

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 223.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Otfried Lieberknecht <lieberk@berlin.netsurf.de> (39)
Subject: CONF: (fwd) "Dante, Data and toDay", Sofia, 15-21 Sept

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (142)
Subject: First International Conference on Language Resources
and Evaluation

[3] From: Jean G Anderson <jganders@arts.gla.ac.uk> (73)

[4] From: David Green <david@cni.org> (85)

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 97 13:12 MET DST
From: Otfried Lieberknecht <lieberk@berlin.netsurf.de>
Subject: CONF: (fwd) "Dante, Data and toDay", Sofia, 15-21 Sept '97

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From: Otfried Lieberknecht <lieberk@berlin.netsurf.de>

[X-posted to Italian-Studies, MedTextL, Medievale, Mantovano, Ficino, Humanist]

"Dante, Data and toDay"
15-21 September 1997

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,
Department of Education in Mathematics and Informatics
Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Block 8
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

The aim of this conference is to bring together teachers, students, and
scientists to develop new roles and ideas of teaching and studying, with
special regard to the use of electronic media. Dante's work and its
reception will be viewed under interdisciplinary and intercultural aspects,
including religion, philosophy, literature, history, science, mathematics
and astronomy. The conference will be divided into two separate parts:
lectures and discussions in the mornings and workshops in the afternoons,
the latter including a demonstration of new computer possibilities in
translation using Italian, English, Russian and Bulgarian versions of the
Divine Comedy.

The proceedings of the conference will be published and we would welcome any

The participation prices are USD 50 till the 30th of August and USD 60

Accomodation: there are appartments available in the Institute (cost: 10
USD), or rooms in several small but clean hotels in the area with prices of
around USD 50. There are also adequate resturants and eating places in the
Academy and nearby.

For further informations please contact:

John Muirhead
E-mail: john@math.acad.bg
Tel.: (003592) 713 2895 or 713 2891

Otfried Lieberknecht, Schoeneberger Str. 11, D-12163 Berlin
Tel.: ++49 30 8516675 (fax on request), E-mail: lieberk@berlin.netsurf.de
Homepage for Dante Studies:
ORB Dante Alighieri - A Guide to Online Resources:

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 09:25:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

>> From: Simone Saint Laurent <lrec@ilc.pi.cnr.it>



GRANADA, SPAIN, 28-30 MAY 1998

The First International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation has
been initiated by ELRA and is organized in cooperation with other
associations and consortia, including EAFT, EAGLES, EDR, ELSNET, ESCA,
FRANCIL, LDC, PAROLE, TELRI, etc., and with the sponsorship of major
national and international organizations, including ARPA, the European
Commission - DG XIII and the NSF. Cooperation and co-sponsorship with other
institutions is currently being sought.


In the framework of the Information Society, the pervasive character of
language technologies and their relevance to practically all the fields of
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has been widely recognized.

Two issues are currently considered particularly relevant for promoting
international cooperation: the availability of language resources and the
methods for the evaluation of resources, technologies and products.

The term language resources (LR) refers to sets of language data and
descriptions in machine readable form, used specifically for building,
improving or evaluating natural language and speech algorithms or systems,
and in general, as core resources for the software localization and language
services industries, for language studies, electronic publishing,
international transactions, subject-area specialists and end users.
Examples of linguistic resources are written and spoken corpora,
computational lexicons, grammars, terminology databases, basic software
tools for the acquisition, preparation, collection, management,
customization and use of these and other resources.

The relevance of evaluation in Language Engineering is increasingly
recognized. This involves assessment of the state-of-the-art for a given
technology, measuring the progress achieved within a program, comparing
different approaches to a given problem and choosing the best solution,
knowing its advantages and drawbacks, assessment of the availability of
technologies for a given application, and finally product benchmarking. It
accompanies research and development in Human Language Technologies, and has
driven important advances in the recent past in various aspects of both
written and spoken language processing. Although the evaluation paradigm
has been studied and used in large national and international programs,
including the US ARPA HLT program, EU Language Engineering projects, the
Francophone Aupelf-Uref program and others, particularly in the localization
industry (LISA and LRC), it is still subject to substantial unresolved basic
research problems.

The aim of this Conference is to provide an overview of the
state-of-the-art, discuss problems and opportunities, exchange information
on ongoing and planned activities, present language resources and their
applications, discuss evaluation methodologies and demonstrate evaluation
tools, explore possibilities and promote initiatives for international
cooperation in the areas mentioned above.


The following non-exhaustive list gives some examples of topics which could
be addressed by papers submitted to the Conference:

- Issues in the design, construction and use of LR (theoretical & best
- Guidelines, standards, specifications, models for LR.
- Organizational issues in the construction, distribution and use of LR.
- Methods, tools, procedures for the acquisition, creation, management,
access, distribution, use of LR
- Legal aspects and problems in the construction, access and use of LR
- Availability and use of generic vs. task/domain-specific LR
- Methods for the extraction and acquisition of knowledge (e.g., terms,
lexical information, language modeling) from LR
- Monolingual vs. multilingual LR
- National and international activities and projects
- LR and the needs/opportunities of the emerging multimedia cultural industry.
- Industrial production of LR
- Integration of various modalities in LR (speech, vision, language)
- Exploitation of LRs in different types of applications (language
technology, information retrieval, vocal interfaces, electronic commerce, etc.)
- Industrial LR requirements and the community's response
- Analysis of user needs for LR
- Evaluation, validation, quality assurance of LR
- Benchmarking of systems and products; resources for benchmarking and
- Priorities, perspectives, strategies in the field of LR - national and
international policies
- Needs, possibilities, forms, initiatives of/for international cooperation
- Evaluation in written language processing (text retrieval, terminology
extraction, message understanding, text alignment, machine translation,
morphosyntactic tagging, parsing, text understanding, summarization,
localization, etc)
- Evaluation in spoken language processing (speech recognition and
understanding, voice dictation, oral dialog, speech synthesis, speech
coding, speaker and language recognition, etc)
- Evaluation of document processing (document recognition, on-line and
off-line machine and handwritten character recognition, etc)
- Evaluation of (multimedia) document retrieval and search systems
- Qualitative and perceptive evaluation
- Evaluation of products and applications
- Blackbox, glassbox and diagnostic evaluation of systems
- Situated evaluation of applications
- Evaluation methodologies, protocols and measures
- Mechanisms of LR distribution and marketing
- Economics of LRs


1. Submission of summaries for proposed papers: (approximately 800 words):
1 December 1997

E-mail submission in ASCII form is encouraged. Otherwise, five hard copies
should be submitted.

- E-mail submissions should be sent to


- Postal submissions should be sent to

Antonio Zampolli - LREC
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR
via della Faggiola, 32
56100, Pisa, ITALY

2. Notification of acceptance: 15 February 1998

3. Final version of the paper: 20 April 1998

The papers accepted will be included in the Conference Proceedings.


The program will include both papers and poster sessions. In addition, the
Program will also include invited speakers, and a number of panels on the
major themes of the Conference.

In particular, it is planned to organize a panel on various aspects and
perspectives of international cooperation, with the participation of
representatives of the major European, North American and Asian sponsoring


Half-day pre- and post-conference Workshops can be organized, at the request
of a presenter, to permit the discussion and debate of topics of current

The format of each Workshop will be determined by the Workshop organizer,
who will set any necessary deadlines for the participants. The next
announcement, to be circulated in September, will provide guidelines on how
to submit a proposal for a Workshop to the Program Committee.


Various platforms will be available for language resources and tools
presentations and unreferenced systems demonstrations. Organizations
interested in presenting systems should contact the local demonstration
organizers, whose address will be provided in the next announcement.


The full composition of the Scientific Committee will be listed in the next

The Conference Chair is Antonio Zampolli (Istituto di Linguistica
Computazionale del CNR and President of ELRA, via della Faggiola, 32, Pisa
56100, Italy).

The Secretariat of the Conference is provided by Khalid Choukri (ELRA, 87,
Avenue d'Italie, F-75013, Paris, FRANCE).

The conference organizing committee consists of: Harald Hoege (Siemens,
Munich, Germany). Bente Maegaard (CST, Copenhagen, Denmark), Joseph Mariani
(LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France), Angel Martin-Municio (President of the Real
Academia de Ciencias, Madrid, Spain), Antonio Zampolli (Istituto di
Linguistica Computazionale, Pisa, Italy).


Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 17:45:55 GMT
From: Jean G Anderson <jganders@arts.gla.ac.uk>


Department of Statistics
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute

University of Glasgow, UK
11, 12 September 1997

Announcement and Call for Registration

In recent years techniques from disciplines such as computer
science, articficial intelligence and statistics have found their
way into the pages of journals such as the Journal of
Quantitative Linguistics, Literary and Linguistic Computing and
Computers and the Humanities. While this influx may bring more
advanced methods of analysis to the fields of quantitative
linguistics, stylometry and stylistics, the demands upon
researchers to understand and use these new techniques are great.
Familiarity with the appropriate software and the ear of a
sympathetic expert are pre-requisites without which the technique
may seem out of reach to the average researcher. The Humanities
Advanced Technology and Information Institute and the Department
of Statistics of the University of Glasgow are hence supporting
this practical workshop in Computationally-Intensive Methods in
Quantitative Linguistics.

The workshop is designed to introduce the participants to four
such techniques in a practical environment. Each half-day
session will be divided into an introductory session in a lecture
theatre and a longer period spent working with software and
practical examples. All of the speakers have published papers
using the analyses they will present and their aim in this
workshop is to enable the participants to return to their home
institutions able to carry out these techniques in the course of
their own research.

The sessions and speakers are as follows:

Deconstructing texts with electronic dice: Monte Carlo methods in
lexical statistics.
Harald Baayen; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,
The Netherlands.

Fitting probability distributions to linguistic data. Deductive
explorative methods in synergetic linguistics.
Reinhard Koehler; University of Trier, Germany.

Evolutionary Computing and Text Categorization.
Richard Forsyth; University of the West of England, Bristol,
United Kingdom.

Neural Nets, Principal Component Analysis, Marlowe and
Shakespeare. Thomas Merriam; United Kingdom.

The workshop will be held in the Boyd Orr Building of the
University of Glasgow, commencing on Wednesday 10 September with
a reception in the Hunterian Art Gallery. The four workshop
sessions will take place on Thursday 11 September and Friday 12
September. There will also be a half day to Loch Lomond and the
Glen Goyne whisky distillery on the morning of Saturday 13

Accommodation has been arranged in university accommodation with
some en suite facilities. Tea and coffee, lunches and evening
meals on 11 and 12 September are included in the registration
fee. The registration fee is GBP 200.00 and GBP 150.00 for

For more information about the workshop and to register, please
consult the web site at
or send email to the conference organisers at

Jean Anderson
Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute
University of Glasgow,
6 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
email: j.anderson@arts.gla.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)141 330 4980
mailer: Pegasus

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 15:51:27 -0400
From: David Green <david@cni.org>

Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217
Crystal Ashton, Ameritech Library Services (801) 223-5330


DEADLINE: November 3, 1997

ELIGIBLE SUBJECTS: collections of textual and graphic
materials that illuminate United States history and culture
for the period 1763-1920.

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS: Chicago: Aug. 29; Washington DC: Sept. 8

* * *

The Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition
Guidelines for 1997-98 are now available. The Guidelines may be used by any
nonfederal, tax-exempt, nonprofit (501(c)3) cultural repository in the
United States holding primary sources suitable for digitizing and making
available on the Internet. To order, view or download the Guidelines, visit
the competition's Web site at <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/award/>.

With a $2 million gift from Ameritech, the Library of Congress is
sponsoring a competition to enable public, research and academic libraries,
museums, historical societies and archival institutions (except federal
institutions) to create digital collections of primary resources. These
digital collections will complement and enhance the collections made
available on the Internet by the National Digital Library Program at the
Library of Congress.

The National Digital Library is envisioned as a distributed collection of
converted library materials and digital originals to which many American
institutions will contribute. The Library of Congress's contribution to
this World Wide Web-based virtual library is called American Memory.

This is the second year of the competition; 10 institutions received awards
last April in the first round of the program.

For this competition cycle, applications will be limited to collections of
textual and graphic materials that illuminate United States history and culture
for the period from 1763-1920.

Program staff will be available for individual consultations Aug. 29,
during the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Chicago (check
program guide for location). A workshop will be held Sept. 8 in Washington,
D.C., at the Library of Congress. Call (202) 707-1087 to schedule an
individual consultation or use the on-line registration form at the
competition Web site (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/award) to sign up for the
Sept. 8 workshop.


Following is a list of the 1996 award winners. Detailed project
descriptions are available at

*Brown University:
African-American Sheet Music Digitizing Project
*Denver Public Library:
History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of
the Denver Public Library
*Duke University:
Historic American Sheet Music Project
*Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Frances Loeb Library:
American Landscape and Architectural Design,1850-1920: A Study Collection
the Harvard School of Design
*New York Public Library:
Small Town America: Stereoscopic Views from the Dennis Collection, 1850-1910
*North Dakota State University:
The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: Photographs from the Fred
Hultstrand and
F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections
*Ohio Historical Society:
The African-American Experience in Ohio,1850-1920
*University of Chicago:
American Environmental Photographs, 1897-1931
*University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
First-Person Narratives of the American South,1860-1920
*University of Texas, Austin
The South Texas Border, 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon


David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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