Challenges for Wordnets. A workshop co-located with LDK 2017

Challenges for Wordnets

A workshop co-located with LDK 2017:
The first conference on Language, Data and Knowledge

18 June, Galway, Ireland



Wordnets are increasingly widely used to model word meaning in natural language processing tasks. However, there are still many challenges in accurately describing word meanings and making these descriptions useful for both human and machine users. This workshop aims to identify, discuss and start to solve existing challenges.


Much research on wordnets focuses either on their construction or their use in some application. Few papers bridge the gap by discussing how different wordnet models and construction methods affect their effectiveness in use, or how different applications require different parts of language to be modeled.

For this reason, we are experimenting with a new workshop series challenges for wordnet, to give wordnet users and developers a chance to share experiences both good and bad. It will be co-located with the First Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2017) in Galway, Ireland. The workshop will start with some short presentations and then finish with an extended discussion based on the challenges presented. We welcome position statements on the following (or related) topics:

  • Issues for Modeling Languages
    – missing parts-of-speech in wordnet (e.g. prepositions, conjunctions)
    – incomplete representation (e.g. semantics of adverbs)
    – links to examples/corpora
    – what is a wordnet
    – basic building blocks of a wordnet
    – language/dialect differences
  • Issues of Compatibility
    – integration with other resources
    – wordnets vs ontologies
    – licenses
  • Application Issues
    – consistent coverage
    – named entities
    – scaling up
    – wordnet services: WSD, similarity…
    – maintenance
    – versionings and updating
  • Evaluation
    – quality measures
    – experts vs crowds
    – translation vs monolingual construction


Please submit papers of between 6-10 pages, excluding references, formatted using the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence formatting guidelines. Submissions should be anonymous. Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 reviewers and will be made available on online prior to the workshop.

Authors of good submisions will be invited to submit extended versions for a special issue of the Cognitive Studies | Études cognitives journal. The extended versions will be carefully peer reviewed, but the scope of this special issue will be set in advance.

Papers should be submitted via EasyChair

The workshop is supported by the CLARIN-PL research infrastructure.

LDK 2017 conference received support from the Global WordNet Association Board


prof. Eduard Hovy, Carnegie Mellon University, Language Technologies Institute


Paper submission: 10 April
Notification of Acceptance: 30 April
Workshop Date: 18 June 14:00-18:00

Maciej Piasecki – Wroclaw University of Technology
Francis Bond – Nanyang Technological University
John P. McCrae – Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway
Jan Wieczorek – Wroclaw University of Technology


Eneko Agirre – University of the Basque Country
Sonja Bosch – University of South Africa, Pretoria
Christiane D. Fellbaum – Princeton University
Darja Fišer – University of Ljubljana
Antoni Oliver Gonzalez – Open University of Catalonia
Shu-Kai Hsieh – National Taiwan University
John P. McCrae – Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway
Verginica Mititelu – Romanian Academy
Monica Monachini – National Research Council of Italy
Adam Pease – Articulate Software
Bolette Sandford Pedersen – University of Copenhagen
Maciej Piasecki – Wroclaw University of Technology (chair)
German Rigau – Polytechnic University of Catalonia
Ewa Rudnicka – Wroclaw University of Technology
Shikhar Kr. Sarma – Gauhati University
Stanisław Szpakowicz – Emeritus Professor, University of Ottawa
Veronika Vincze – University of Szeged
Piek Th. J. M. Vossen – VU University Amsterdam



Address any questions to Maciej Piasecki and Francis Bond at <>.

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