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Subject: FYI: Call for Participation in the ParlaFormat Workshop

Members of the LegalDocML TC,Â

My thanks to Patrick Durusau of the OASIS Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for passing this message along to me.Â

This is a call for participation in a workshop to outline "a standard format for parliamentary data to the research community, to assess the support for it and to identify potential or real problems for its development and wide adoption. It is intended as a preparation for the work on the CLARIN endorsed proposal for a standard encoding of parliamentary data." The workshop will be held at Utrecht University this coming May 23rd.

You can find the thread of messages discussing this on the TEI-L listserv at https://listserv.brown.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind1902&L=TEI-L. In particular, note that Gioele Barabucci wrote to ask "Why doesn't Akoma Ntoso/LegalDocumentML fulfillÂ
the stated requirements?" and TomaÅ Erjavec provided some background. I have cc'ed both gentlemen on this message.Â

Might this not be an opportunity to discuss how Akoma Ntoso could play a role in achieving their goals? You all have invested hundreds, if not thousands, of person-years in analyzing, uncovering, and addressing the many, deep and complex nuances of creating and managing legal content. Those insights and an understanding of AKN could be very helpful.Â

As always, I am happy to help facilitate discussions and arrange introductions. Please let me know how I can help.Â

Best regards,Â


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Patrick Durusau <patrick@durusau.net>
Date: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 2:41 PM
Subject: Fwd: Call for Participation in the ParlaFormat Workshop
To: Chet Ensign <chet.ensign@oasis-open.org>


Here's the original invite and yes, TEI-L is an open list. feel free to share.

For more details, see: https://tei-c.org/

Some of their servers are down at the moment so the mailing list page doesn't respond. Sorry. But when the servers are up, see: http://www.tei-c.org/support/#tei-l

Hope you are having a great day!

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Subject: Call for Participation in the ParlaFormat Workshop
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:55:07 +0100
From: TomaÅ Erjavec <tomaz.erjavec@IJS.SI>
Reply-To: TomaÅ Erjavec <tomaz.erjavec@IJS.SI>
Organization: JoÅef Stefan Institute

Call for Participation in the ParlaFormat Workshop

A workshop on a proposed standard format for parliamentary data is organised by the CLARIN Interoperability Committee in close collaboration with TomaÅ Erjavec and Andrej PanÄur from CLARIN Slovenia.

Workshop Dates: May 23 & May 24, 2019
Workshop Times: May 23, 13:00-17:00 hrs and May 24, 9:00-13:00 hrs
Workshop Venue: Utrecht University
Workshop City: Utrecht

1.ÂÂÂÂ Workshop goal
The goal of the workshop is to propose an outline of a standard format for parliamentary data to the research community, to assess the support for it and to identify potential or real problems for its development and wide adoption. It is intended as a preparation for the work on the CLARIN endorsed proposal for a standard encoding of parliamentary data. If the workshop shows sufficient support for the proposed standard format, it may be followed in the future by a shared task and accompanying workshop.
The standard format will be proposed, elaborated and documented by TomaÅ Erjavec and Andrej PanÄur. It is based on their treatment of the Slovenian parliamentary data as reported on at the ParlaCLARIN workshop at LREC, Japan in May 2018. Erjavec & PanÄur used the TEI/Drama and TEI/Speech formats and created a converter from the former to the latter. The encoded corpus is available from CLARIN.SI, and will serve as the basis for the proposed format. TomaÅ and Andrej will draft and present the overall architecture of the standard and its ecosystem, and carry out the subsequent work in fleshing out the draft into a well-documented and exemplified proposal that can be easily used and further developed by other researchers.
The workshop participants will be invited to comment on their proposal from the perspective of the parliamentary data they work with and their research goals, so that we get a good picture of the support for this standard, and for any real or potential problems that would lead to problems in its use and adoption.

2.ÂÂÂÂ Link with CLARINâs strategic priorities
The topic of the proposed workshop is linked to CLARINâs strategic priority to increase interoperability among datasets and tools, as well as to the strategic priority of creating more visibility for specific families of resources, and CLARINâs User Involvement work plan for 2018 and 2019. The parliamentary data have been the focus of a recent workshop organised by CLARIN as part of this strategic priority, but standardisation of the formats used was not a topic at that workshop. Thus, the workshop proposed here is a natural follow-up of the ParlaCLARIN workshop, and of earlier workshops on parliamentary Data organised by CLARIN (e.g. in Sofia, 2017).
The focus on parliamentary data is also very timely, as evidenced not only by the fact that parliamentary corpora have been chosen as one the CLARIN Resource Families and the success of the LREC Workshop, but also because the research community working on parliamentary data is organising itself and very active, as witnessed by the wide participation in several workshops on parliamentary data in the past years.

3.ÂÂÂÂ The proposed Standard
The envisaged standard, here called teiParla, is based on the TEI Guidelines, as this recommendation has the following advantages:
- it is long-lived, mature, and regularly maintained with a well-set up governance
- it is human-readable and editable (unlike e.g. LOD), an important factor for humanities scholars
- it is general, meaning that researchers can easily add additional TEI elements to the basic teiParla schema
- it is accompanied by TEI Stylesheets, a collection of XSLT scripts allowing transformation of various legacy formats to TEI and from TEI to display oriented formats
- there already exist parliamentary corpora, in particular by the proposers, that are encoded in TEI, giving a good baseline encoding.

TEI is composed of modules that cover different text types and analytic purposes. The teiParla schema will use the following modules:
- Transcriptions of Speech (base text type)
- Names, Dates, People, and Places (for detailed markup of these entities)
- Language Corpora (for forming a collection of records as a language corpus)
- Linking, Segmentation, and Alignment (for interconnecting elements)
- Simple Analytic Mechanisms (for automatic linguistic markup)

The proposed standard briefly described above will be presented at the workshop. With the feedback from the participants, a revised proposal will be made in the months following the workshop, and when a stable version is available, we will try to organise a shared task to convert oneâs data into the proposed standard and an accompanying workshop.

4.ÂÂÂÂ Participation
Participation is limited to 30 persons. Funded participation is limited to around 20 participants from CLARIN member and observer countries.
Researchers who work with parliamentary data and are interested in the workshop can submit a request for participation. To that end, they will have to describe their interest, the data that they work with and the format(s) that they use in maximally 2 pages A4, and they have to show a willingness for active participation in the workshop. The request must be submitted via Easychair before the Submission Deadline. The Programme Committee will evaluate the submissions and it will consult the national CLARIN coordinator of the researcherâs countryto make its decision on acceptance or rejection of the request for participation, and to decide on funded or unfunded participation. (See https://www.clarin.eu/content/participating-consortia for an overview of the national coordinators per CLARIN member / observer).

If a participant is funded by CLARIN, this means that the costs for travel (cheapest option, up to maximally 225 euro), and maximally one night (up to maximally 125 euro) will be reimbursed.

5.ÂÂÂÂ Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: Sunday March 17, 2019, 23:00 CET
Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday April 2, 2019
Workshop Dates: May 23 & May 24, 2019
Workshop Times: May 23, 13:00-17:00 hrs and May 24, 9:00-13:00 hrs
Workshop Venue:Â Utrecht University
Workshop City: Utrecht
Easychair Submission URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=parlaformat2019

6.ÂÂÂÂ Programme Committee
ÂThe Programme Committee is equal to the CLARIN Interoperability Committee, and consists of the following members:
Krister LindÃn, University of Helsinki, FIN-CLARIN
Nicolas Larrousse, CNRS, CLARIN FR
Monica Monachini, Institute for Computational Linguistics A. Zampolli, Italian National Research Council, CLARIN IT,
Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, CLARIAH NL (Chair)
Dieter Van Uytvanck, CLARIN ERIC

7.ÂÂÂÂ Further Information
In case you have any questions about this workshop, please contact the Programme Committee via email events@clarin.eu with ParlaFormat in the Subject field.


Chet Ensign
Chief Technical Community Steward
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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