Minutes of the LREC pre-conference

Minutes of the LREC pre-conference 'Workshop on Wordnet Structures and Standardization and how these affect Wordnet Applications and Evaluation' May 28th, 2002 at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Organizing Committee:

Dimitris N. Christodoulakis, Patras University, Greece

Claudia Kunze / Lothar Lemnitzer, University of Tübingen, Germany

Karel Pala, Brno University, Czech Republic

Programme Committee:

Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University)

Piek Vossen (Irion Technology, Delft)

Kemal Oflazer (Sabanci University Istanbul)

Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers (Tilburg University)

Randee Tengi (Princeton University)

Wim Peters (Sheffield University)

Kadri Vider (Universtiy of Tartu)

Sofia Stamou (CTI, Patras)

Julio Gonzalo (UNED Madrid)

Palmira Marrafa (University Lisboa)

Paul Buitelaar (DFKI Saarbrücken)

Andreas Wagner (University of Tübingen)

Erhard Hinrichs (University of Tübingen)

Simonetta Montemagni (University of Pisa)

R.J.H.M Ermers (Van Dale Data BV, Netherlands)

1. Participation

There were 57 registered participants and some more persons attending the workshop. Christiane Fellbaum held a keynote speech entitled "Going global: Issues in the standardization of wordnets" which also served as introduction to the workshop contributions.

Two talks of the original programme were cancelled due to travel budget constraints for the respective participants. The keynote speaker of the afternoon session and co-chair of the workshop, Dimitris N. Christodoulakis, could not come to Las Palmas either at short notice so that the Introductory Speech of the afternoon session "Structures of Semantic Networks" had also to be cancelled.

Therefore the Programme was slightly revised. The workshop was chaired by Claudia Kunze, Lothar Lemnitzer and Karel Pala.

2. Revised Workshop Programme

8:45 - 13:00 Morning Session: Wordnet Applications, Evaluation and Standardization (Chairs: Claudia Kunze, Lothar Lemnitzer)

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome & Introduction


9:00 - 9:45 **KEYNOTE SPEECH**

Christiane Fellbaum (University of Princteon): Going global: Issues in the standardization of wordnets


9:45 - 11:00 Session I: Evaluation and Applications of Wordnets

10:00 - 10:30 Piklu Gupta (Fraunhofer Institut Darmstadt): Approaches to Checking Subsumption in GermaNet

10:30 - 11:00 Graham Katz, Jahn-Takeshi Saito, Joachim Wagner, Philip Reuter, Sabine Reinhard & Michael Burke (University of Osnabrueck): Evaluation of GermaNet: Problems using GermaNet for Automatic Word Sense Disambiguation

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 Session II: Standardization of Wordnets and Wordnet Representations

11:30 - 12:00 Karel Pala & Pavel Smrz (University of Brno): Glosses in WordNet 1.5 and their Standardization

12:00 - 12:30 Tomas Pavelek & Karel Pala (University of Brno): Wordnet Standardization from a practical point of view

12:30 - 13:00 Lothar Lemnitzer & Claudia Kunze (University of Tuebingen): Standardizing Wordnets in a Web-compliant Format: The Case of GermaNet

13:00 - 13:15 Overall Discussion and Conclusion for 1st Part of the Workshop

13:15 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 19:00 Afternoon Session: Wordnet Structures and Applications for the less-studied Languages (Chairs: Claudia Kunze, Karel Pala)

15:00 - 15:30 Dan Tufis (Romania Academy) & Dan Cristea (A.I. Cuza University): Methodological issues in building the Romanian Wordnet and consistency checks in Balkanet

15:30 - 16:00 Gabor Proszeky (MorfoLogic & Marton Mihaltz (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest): Automatism and User Interaction: Building a Hungarian Wordnet

16:00 - 16:00 D. Avramidis, M. Kyriakopoulou, G. Kourousias, S. Stamou & M. Tzagarakis (University of Patras, CTI Patras): Viewing Semantic Networks as Hypermedia

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 - 17:30 I. - D. Koutsoumpos, M. Tzagkarakis & D. Christodoulakis (University of Patras, CTI Patras): Requirements for Domain-Specific Wordnets

17:30 - 18:00 Irina V. Azarova, Olga A. Mitrofanova, Anna Sinopalnikova & Ilya Oparin (State University St-Petersburg): Building the Lexical Database for the Russian Language

18:00 - 18:30 Natalia V. Loukachevitch & Boris V. Dordov (Moscow State University): Development and Use of Thesaurus of Russian Language RuThes

18:30 - 19:00 Final Discussion


The following contributions are included in the Workshop Proceedings:

Neeme Kahusk (University of Tartu): A Lexicographer's Tool for Word Sense Tagging according to WordNet

Kadri Vider (University of Tartu): Notes about labeling semantic relations in Estonian Wordnet


PS: LREC OC erraneously forgot to integrate two authors of the editor's team for the Proceeding Volume on the CD.

The correct bibliographical citation is: Christodoulakis, Dimitris N. & Kunze, Claudia & Lemnitzer, Lothar: Proceedings of the LREC "Workshop on Wordnet Structures and Standardization and how these affect Wordnet Applications and Evaluation". May 28th, 2002. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.


3. Discussion

We had some fruitful discussions after the talks and at the end of each morning and afternoon session which were centered around:

  1. standardization and compatibility guidelines
  2. application and evaluation scenarios envisaged
  3. future actions

Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers promised some technical paper from a data management point of view concerning a meta structure for comparing and mapping of individual wordnets.

Karel Pala and the Tübingen group will be co-operating w.r.t. the exchange and elaboration of their respecitve XML-versions of wordnets.

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