DFKI-LT - Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)

Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair), Khalid Choukri, Christopher Cieri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Koiti Hasida, Hitoshi Isahara, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Hélène Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis, Takenobu Tokunaga (eds.)
Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)
1 Miyazaki, Japan, ELRA, European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Paris, France, Paris, France, 5/2018
 
It is the LREC 20th Anniversary and LREC has become one of the most successful conferences of the field. Data are pervasive in Natural Language Processing and Language Technology: we call our data Language Resources (LR). But when LREC was started by ELRA, in 1998 in Granada, from an idea of Antonio Zampolli, it was really a new adventure and a challenge. There were well-established large conferences but he thought that the new emerging field of Language Resources deserved its own dedicated forum. In the keynote talk I gave at LREC1998 I could say: “the infrastructural role of Language Resources as the necessary common platform on which new technologies and applications can be based is nowadays widely recognised.” This could not have been said only few years before. I had the pleasure and the honour of being involved in LREC from the beginning, first as member of the Program Committee and since 2004 as Conference Chair. LREC is probably the most influential ELRA achievement, and a service with the major impact on our community. Also through LREC, ELRA contributes to shape our field, making the Language Resource field a scientific field in its own right.
 
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