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[9 April 2013]
Ten days to go until the paper deadline for Balisage 2013 and for the International Symposium on Native XML user interfaces, this August in Montréal.
If you have been thinking about submitting a paper to Balisage or the Symosium (and if you’re reading this blog, I bet the thought has crossed your mind at least once!), you may be thinking &ldquo:Ten days! Too late!” At times like this (when the deadline is not past, but it feels a little tight) I find it helpful to recall a remark attributed to Leonard Bernstein:
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
True, there’s not quite as much time to write your paper as you’d like. But think of this not as a reason to give up but as your opportunity to achieve great things!
The META Technology Council (part of the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance) has now published its Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual Europe 2020; it’s available in book form from Springer, but also available free (in chapter-by-chapter PDFs, not alas in live-text [ie XML or HTML] form) from the SpringerLink Open Access area.
I am not without bias (I served on the Technology Council), but it says here that the document provides an interesting look at where a group of very smart people believe research in language technology should head in the next years.
In addition to making a case for the cultural and economic importance of language technology, the paper identifies five specific lines of action (I paraphrase the description in the document’s executive summary). First, three research areas:
In support of these, it also identifies two other areas where work is needed:
Parts of the text may sound a bit bureaucratic (as the paraphrase given shows), but when the document gets technical it is rather interesting.
Well worth reading. And may the funders heed it!