2011Q3 Reports: SIGWAC

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SIGWAC had another successful year. The previous workshop (WAC6) was held on 5 June 2010 in Los Angeles (co-located with NAACL-HLT). It was the first time we moved the workshop out of Europe and this resulted in a smaller number of submissions (with only five papers accepted). Patrick Pantel (ISI, Univ of Southern California, and Microsoft Research) was the invited speaker. We had about 20 participants in the workshop.

One of the emerging themes in the Web as Corpus community is the collection and use of Web corpora comparable in their contents across several languages. With this in mind we joined forces with the Buidling and Using Comparable Corpora Workshop, which is to be held at ACL in Portland in June 2011. The plan for the next year is to return the workshop back to Europe (possibly co-locating it with EACL2012).