2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Generation and the Semantic Web

Deadline extension: Submissions due for June 8, 2016.

September 6th, 2016. Edinburgh, UK.
Deadline for submissions:  1 June 2016 (2 page abstract)

There is a growing need in the Semantic Web (SW) community for technologies that give humans easy access to the machine-oriented Web of data. Because it maps data to text, Natural Language Generation (NLG) provides a natural mean for presenting this data in an organized, coherent and accessible way. Conversely, the representation languages used by the semantic web (e.g., RDF, OWL, SPARQL) are a natural starting ground for NLG systems.
The exponential growth of Linked Data, the massive amount of comparable data-to-text corpora and the rapid development of Semantic Web technologies provide an exciting environment in which to explore new directions for generation from formal representations.

As Semantic Web applications are required to facilitate access to, and presentation of, web data,  NLG-based approaches are often used to develop Natural Language Interfaces (e.g., Quelo[1] and ORAKEL[2])  and ontology verbalisers (e.g. SWAT[3], ACE[4], NaturalOWL[5][6], MIAKT[7]). 

Similar problems are tackled by both the NLG and the SW communities and there are in fact, strong parallels between some of the current SW work and the different steps involved in NLG. For instance, SW applications aim at providing methods to facilitate the exploration of large datasets. From the NLG point of view this can be viewed as  a content selection problem. Similarly, because it relates text segments to data, work on entity linking and open knowledge extraction is relevant for NLG lexicalisation while pattern extraction has clear connections to the template extraction techniques often resorted to in the surface realisation step of the NLG process.

The goal of this workshop is to promote discussion and exchange of research on NLG and the SW. The workshop invites the submission of abstracts presenting work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an opinion piece, or a summary of research activities.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Ontology Summarization
* Content Selection
* Ontology Modularization
* Content Planning
* Fact Ranking
* Exploration of SW data
* Standards for lexicons
* Ontology Lexicalisation
* Open Knowledge Extraction: Relations, Events, Entity Linking
* Semantic Annotation and Wikification
* Lexicalisation, Template Extraction, Surface Realisation
* LG applications from SW data
* Ontology Verbalisation
* Query Verbalisation
* Entity Presentation
* Answer Aggregation and Rendering
* NLG based NL interfaces to KBs
* Document Generation
* Summarisation and SW data
* eLearning
* Feedback Generation

Submission Details

Authors should submit anonymous abstracts which should not exceed two pages in length (excluding data, figures and references). The final camera ready version of the full paper for the proceedings should be no longer than 8 (eight) pages in total. The proceedings of the workshop will be uploaded to the ACL anthology.  

Reviewing will be blind and submission selection will be managed by an international programme committee. Final decisions on the technical programme will be made by the PC chairs.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Self-references that reveal the authors' identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

The abstract must be submitted electronically in PDF format at

Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings. The use of the ACL style files is strongly recommended. Style files could be found at :

Important Dates 

Submissions due: June 1, 2016 June 8, 2016
Notification: July 1, 2016 July 11, 2016
Final version due: July 31, 2016  
Workshop: 6 September 2016 

Program Committee

Aldo Gangemi, Paris (France), Chair
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France), Chair
Mehwish Alam, LIPN Université Paris 13 (France)
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, CNRS/IRIT Toulouse (France)
Valerio Basile, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis (France)
Gerard Casamayor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
Vinay Chaudhri, SRI International, Menlo Park (USA)
Mathieu Dacquin, The Open University (UK)
Brian Davis, INSIGHT, Galway (Ireland)
Marc Dymetman, XRCE, Grenoble (France)
Enrico Franconi, KRDB, Bolzano (Italy)
Bikash Gyawali, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)
Guy Lapalme, RALI / Université de Montréal (Canada)
Shao-Fen Liang, University of Manchester (UK)
Elena Lloret, University of Alicante (Spain)
Vanessa Lopez, IBM Ireland Research Lab, Dublin (Ireland)
Mariem Mahfoudh,  CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)
Yassine Mrabet, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda (USA)
Shashi Narayan, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Axel-Cyrille Ngonga-Ngomo, University of Leipzig (Germany)
Laura Perez-Beltrachini, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy (France)
Sergio Tessaris, KRDB, Bolzano (Italy)
Allan Third, The Open University (UK)
Yannick Toussaint, INRIA/LORIA, Nancy (France)
Christina Unger, CITEC, Universität Bielefeld (Germany)


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