[Humanist] 29.23 events: computing storylines

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 23.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 21:04:50 +0200
        From: Tommaso Caselli <t.caselli at gmail.com>
        Subject: Last Call for papers: Computing News Storylines 2015 at ACL-IJCNLP 2015
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                              DEADLINE EXTENSION
   Computing News Storylines 2015 (NewsStory 2015)

 Workshop in conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2015, Beijing, China

   More info: https://sites.google.com/site/computingnewsstorylines2015/home

Submission website:  https://www.softconf.com/acl2015/CNewS/

Important Dates
*21 May 2015: Submission deadline for Short and Long Papers [NEW DEADLINE]*
4 June 2015: Notification of Acceptance
21 June 2015: Camera-ready papers due
31 July 2015: Workshop

Scope and Topics
The First Worskop on Computing News Storylines (CNewS 2015) aims at
bringing together researchers and scientists working on narrative
extraction and representation from news within Computational Linguistics
and Artificial Intelligence. Narratives are at the heart of information
sharing. Ever since people began to share their experiences, they have
connected them to form narratives. Modern day news reports still reflect
this narrative structure, but they have proven difficult for automatic
tools to summarise, structure, or connect to other reports. Most text
processing tools focus on extracting relatively simple structures from the
local lexical environment, and concentrate on the document as a unit or on
even smaller units such as sentences or phrases, rather than cross-document
connections especially published over longer periods of time. However,
current information needs demand a move towards multidimensional and
distributed representations which take into account the connections between
all relevant elements involved in a “story”. The workshop aims at assessing
the state-of-the-art in event extraction and linking, as well as detecting
and ranking narratives according to salience. The workshop invites work on
all aspects of generating narrative structures or components thereof from
news. This includes topics such as (but not limited to):

- detecting events from news
- linguistic expression of relevant events
- filtering relevant events
- cumulation of information from news streams
- detecting opinions and perspectives
- finding trending or serendipitous stories in news
- tracing perspective change through time
- modeling plot structures
- storyline stability and completeness
- annotating storylines
- temporal or causal ordering of events
- linguistics resources for storylines
- big data as a source for storylines
- evaluation of storylines
- discourse structure and storylines
- visualisation of storylines
- detecting facts and speculations
- dynamic event modeling


This call solicits full papers reporting original and unpublished research
on storylines from news. Full papers should emphasize obtained results
rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of
completion of the reported results. Submission should not exceed a maximum
8 pages plus two additional pages containing references.

Authors are also invited to submit short papers not exceeding 4 pages (plus
two additional pages for references). Short papers should describe:
- a small, focused contribution;
- work in progress;
- a negative result;
- a position paper.

The reviewing process will be blind and papers should not include the
authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at
least three members of the program committee. If you do include any author
names on the title page, your submission will be automatically rejected. In
the body of your submission, you should eliminate all direct references to
your own previous work. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop
proceedings and available at the ACL Anthology.

Multiple Submission Policy Papers that have been or will be submitted to
other meetings or publications are acceptable, but authors must indicate
this information at submission time. If accepted, authors must notify the
organizers as to whether the paper will be presented at the workshop or

Submissions must be in PDF format and formatted following the official ACL
2015 submission styles available at http://acl2015.org/call_for_papers.html

Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site (

Shared Data

We encourage participants to re-use the SemEval 2015 Task 4: Timelines
dataset (http://alt.qcri.org/semeval2015/task4/index.php?id=data-and-tools)
to provide their own annotations, interpretations, and system results. The
data will be collected before the workshop and summarized to facilitate an
insightful comparison. For more details on this initiative visit


Tommaso Caselli
Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL)Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

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