2011Q3 Reports: SIGANN

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SIGANN, the ACL Special Interest Group for ANNotation, is an umbrella for research and activities associated with all aspects of the creation and use of linguistic annotations for language data, and is especially interested in fostering the identification of best practice guidelines for linguistic annotation.

SIGANN has a mailing list (sigann@cs.vassar.edu) to communicate with members, a web page (http://www.cs.vassar.edu/sigann), and a wiki (http://nlp.cs.nyu.edu/wiki/corpuswg). Approximately 200 people are on the SIGANN mailing list.

The fourth LAW, a 1.5 day workshop held in conjunction with ACL in Uppsala, had approximately 70 participants. Nianwen Xue and Massimo Poesio were the Program Committee co-chairs. We received a record number of submissions (46 long papers, 8 demos and 6 posters), and accepted 20 papers and 22 posters. The fifth LAW will be held in Portland in conjunction with ACL 2011.

SIGANN Officers: President: Nancy Ide (Vassar College) Secretary: Adam Meyers (New York University) SIGANN Committee: Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Academia Sinica), Antonio Pareja-Lora (SIC, UCM / OEG, UPM), Massimo Poesio (University of Trento), Sameer Pradhan (BBN Technologies), Manfred Stede (Universitat Potsdam), Katrin Tomanek (Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena), Nianwen Xue (Brandeis University).