search/data aggregation

Abney & Bird's Grand Challenge: The Human Language Project

Steven Abney and Steven Bird published a provocative paper (.pdf) at ACL 2010 calling on the computational linguistics community to work to create a "Universal Corpus", an undertaking that they compare in both scale and potential impact to the Human Genome Project. Here is the abstract:

RELISH Meeting in Nijmegen

On 4–5 August, the RELISH project held a workshop on lexicon tools and lexical standards. Slides from many of the presentations are posted on the workshop site.

Workshop on Advanced Corpus Solutions, PACLIC 24

Call for papers: http://www.hf.uio.no/tekstlab/paclic/index.html

Submission deadline: June 14, 2010
Workshop date: November 4, 2010

This workshop invites papers on advances in corpus types and corpus tools in support of linguistic research.

NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI**2)

On March 16, the National Science Foundation announced the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI**2) Program Solicitation 10-551 at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10551/nsf10551.pdf. This is an NSF-wide solicitation, led by the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI).

A "data problem"

On Jan 8, Fritz Newmeyer gave a very interesting talk at the University of Washington about the lack of evidence for a particular parameter from Principles and Parameters theory.

New NSF-OCI Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI) solicitation

On Thursday, November 19, the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) announced a new Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI) solicitation, with a full proposal deadline of February 28, 2010. It expects to make 25 to 30 awards totaling $15,000,000 over three years. The program synopsis reads as follows.

Endangered Languages Information and Infrastructure Project (ELIIP)

Last week the Center for American Indian Languages at the University of Utah hosted a workshop going under the acronym ELIIP (for Endangered Languages Information and Infrastructure Project) as the first step towards a larger project "intended to produce an authoritative catalogue, database, and updatable website of information on endangered languages and enrich the infrastructure of the discipline by integrating accurate EL information into a network of digital information and research facilities".

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