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ECAI 2010 workshop on:

Language Technology for Cultural Heritage,
Social Sciences, and Humanities

August 16, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal

The 4th Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities will be held in conjunction with the 19th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence - ECAI 2010, which will take place in August 16-20, 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal. The workshop is a follow-up to LaTeCH-07 at ACL, LaTeCH-08 at LREC and LaTeCH-09 at EACL, on similar topics.

Scope and Topics

With the advent of the digital age, museums, archives, libraries and other cultural heritage (CH) institutes are gradually moving away from a predominantly pen-and-paper based collection management; more and more CH institutes are aiming to make their collections widely accessible to both experts and laypersons. A first step in this endeavour is the digitisation of existing data and several large-scale digistisation efforts have been launched in recent years.

A similar development can also be seen in the “soft” sciences, such as social sciences and humanities (SH), where increasing amounts of relevant texts are being made available in electronic form, either being produced digitally, or being digitized as part of efforts directed at digitizing archival material.

However, information access should not be restricted to simple key-word based search on digitised data. To truely unlock the knowledge contained in CH and SH collections, it is necessary to develop novel technologies that support the information and entertainment needs of individual users. Techniques from artificial intelligence are particularly well suited to help users to make the best possible use of these digitised collections. As information access is often obtained via the (mostly textual) metadata level, language technology in particular plays an important role. Other areas of AI, including knowledge representation, multi-modal systems and user modelling, are also relevant.

In this workshop, we aim to foster interaction between researchers working on all aspects of AI and language technology applied to CH and SH domains, and experts from institutions who are testing deployed technologies and formulating improved use cases.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Automatic error detection and cleaning of digitised data
  • Data enrichment and linking
  • Adapting existing tools to the CH/SH domain
  • Knowledge representation, ontologies, metadata and data models
  • Knowledge discovery and text mining
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Multi-modal and interactive systems
  • Recommender systems
  • Personalisation, text simplification, text summarisation, (hyper)text generation
  • Transdisciplinary research on CH and SH data
  • User scenarios and use cases


Authors are invited to submit papers on original, unpublished work in the topic areas of the workshop. In addition to long papers presenting completed work, we also invite short papers and system descriptions (demos):

  • Long papers should present completed work and should not exceed 8 pages.
  • Short papers/demos can present work in progress or the description of a system, and should not exceed 4 pages.

All submissions should be formatted using the ECAI formatting style; details of the style are available at ecai2010-style.zip. This compressed archive contains LaTeX and other style files, including an example paper template (ecai2010.tex) which should be used as a template for your LaTeCH 2010 submissions.

The reviewing process will be blind; the papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations, or any references to web sites, project names, etc., revealing the authors' identity. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Papers should be submitted electronically, via the submission website at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=latech10, no later than Tuesday, 18 May 2010. The only accepted format for submitted papers is PDF.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: May 18, 2010 (submission now closed)
Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2010
Early registration deadline: June 25, 2010 (extended)
Camera-ready papers due: June 28, 2010
LaTeCH full-day workshop: August 16, 2010

Programme Committee

Ion Androutsopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Tim Baldwin, University of Melbourne, Australia
David Bamman, Tufts University, USA
Lars Borin, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
Toine Bogers, Royal School of Library & Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark
Antal van den Bosch, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
Paul Buitelaar, DERI Galway, Ireland
Kate Byrne, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Milena Dobreva, HATII, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Mick O’Donnell, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Julio Gonzalo, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain
Claire Grover, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Ben Hachey, Macquarie University, Australia
Dominik Heckmann, DFKI, Germany
Christer Johansson, University of Bergen, Norway
Jaap Kamps, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vangelis Karkaletsis, NCSR ”Demokritos”, Greece
Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany
Stasinos Konstantopoulos, NCSR ”Demokritos”, Greece
Piroska Lendvai, Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Véronique Malaisé, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Barbara McGillivray, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy
John McNaught, National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM), UK
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton, UK
John Nerbonne, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
Katerina Pastra, ILSP, Greece
Marco Pennacchiotti, Yahoo! Research, USA
Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany
Martin Reynaert, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
Caroline Sporleder, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Kalliopi Zervanou, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
Svitlana Zinger, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Organising Committee

Caroline Sporleder (Co-Chair), Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Kalliopi Zervanou (Co-Chair), Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
Lars Borin, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
Piroska Lendvai, Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Antal van den Bosch, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands


Caroline Sporleder
Computational Linguistics
Saarland University
csporled (at) coli.uni-sb.de

Kalliopi Zervanou
Tilburg centre for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)
University of Tilburg
The Netherlands
k.zervanou (at) uvt.nl

Last update: Wed 21 July 2010; K.Zervanou (at) uvt.nl