2009Q3 Reports: ACL Wiki

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[July 2, 2009]

ACL Wiki for Computational Linguistics - Report for 2009

Peter Turney peter.turney@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

The ACL Wiki is now in its third year. Since the ACL Report for 2008, the ACL Wiki has continued to grow in content and popularity. The total number of page views has grown from 350,000 to 750,000. The number of high-content pages (excluding short pages) has grown from 235 to 267, even though many pages migrated from the main ACL Wiki to the new ACL Administrative Wiki since the 2008 ACL Report. On an average day, there are more than 1000 page views. More statistics are available on the Wiki itself.

The purpose of the ACL Wiki is to facilitate the sharing of information on all aspects of Computational Linguistics. The Wiki includes links to blogs, conferences, competitions, people, organizations, course descriptions, corpora, datasets, and introductory articles on a variety of CL and NLP topics. Topic areas that have seen significant growth include the List of Resources by Language, the State of the Art pages, and the Community Portals for Textual Entailment and Natural Language Generation. One novel and highly successful use of the ACL Wiki was to host the web pages for CALC-09, the 2009 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity. Other Computational Linguistics workshops and conferences are encouraged to use the ACL Wiki as a host and archive for their web pages.

At the end of 2008, the ACL Wiki was suffering from increasing numbers of spam web pages, linking to external commercial websites. Several solutions were attempted and the problem was finally solved with a software package called Bad Behavior. The operation of this package is invisible to legitimate ACL Wiki users.

All members of ACL are strongly encouraged to contribute to the ACL Wiki. Whatever subfield of Computational Linguistics you work in, this is your opportunity to raise the profile of research in your area. The time you invest in the ACL Wiki will have high returns for the community.

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