The Third International Workshop on Worldwide Language Service Infrastructure (WLSI-3) and The Second Workshop on Open Infrastructures and Analysis Frameworks for Human Language Technologies (OIAF4HLT-2)
December 12th, 2016. Osaka International Convention Center (OICC), Osaka, Japan.
Call For Papers

Welcome to the 3rd WLSI and the 2nd OIAF4HLT workshop

Language technologies and tools (hereafter called language resources) increasingly require sophisticated infrastructures to share, deploy as services, and combine to support research, development, innovation and collaboration. To address this need, several infrastructures have been recently established, including the Language Grid, the Language Application Grid, META-SHARE, DKPro, and CLARIN’s Weblicht. While these infrastructures allow users to develop applications using deployed language resources/services, users are typically restricted to tools and resources available through a single infrastructure due to a lack of interoperability. The lack of interoperability among infrastructures has led to duplicated software development efforts as well as redundancy among efforts to manage language resource access, handle licensing concerns, etc.

WLSI-3/OIAF4HLT-2 focuses on the technological and institutional challenges that impact an effort to construct a worldwide interoperable language service infrastructure. It aims to bring together members of the NLP community, including operators of language service infrastructures, but also resource users, developers, and providers, in order to explore and discuss the requirements and desiderata for NLP infrastructures, as well as the opportunities and challenges for enabling interoperable communication among existing infrastructures. The combination of two previously successful workshops addressing NLP infrastructure development and interoperability reflects the recognition of the need for a global effort to achieve mutual interoperability among tools and platforms, and will bring together communities that have previously had little contact.

WLSI-3+OIAF4HLT-2 is co-located with COLING2016.

Supported by: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) (No. 24220002)

Call for Papers

Important Dates

Submission deadline : September 25th, 2016 (23:59 GMT+9)
Extended to: October 2nd, 2016 (23:59 GMT+9)
Author notification : October 16th, 2016
Extended to: October 23rd, 2016
Camera ready due by Authors : October 30th, 2016 (23:59 GMT+9)

  • Topics of Interest:
  • This workshop invites both of full and short papers on all aspects of development and use of NLP infrastructure, especially but not limited to:

    • Sharing language resources and language technologies as services
    • Metadata for language resources and services
    • Interoperability and reusability of language services
    • Workflows and pipelines for language service composition
    • Language services and language applications development
    • Metadata and cataloguing
    • Legal issues and operational issues of language service infrastructure
    • International cooperation and sustainable collaboration on joint initiatives

  • Paper Submission:
  • Paper submissions for WLSI-3 and OIAF4HLT-2 will be handled by the START system. Before submitting your paper please ensure you have read the Instructions for Authors and that your paper uses the prescribed style files. To submit your work, please use the submission page at the following address .

  • Instruction for authors:
  • Submissions may have a maximum length of eight (8) pages for long papers and four (4) pages for short papers, with 2 extra pages for references. Both long and short papers will undergo rigorous review.

    Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters. The decision as to which papers will be presented orally and which as posters will be made by the program committee based on the nature rather than on the quality of the work. There will be no distinction in the proceedings between research papers presented orally vs. as posters.

    Papers shall be submitted in English, anonymised with regard to the authors and/or their institution (no author-identifying information on the title page nor anywhere in the paper), including referencing style as usual. Authors should also ensure that identifying meta-information is removed from files submitted for review.

    Submission Format: All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the official COLING 2016 style guidelines which can be found at

    Submission and reviewing will be managed online by the START system. The only accepted format for submitted papers is in Adobe's PDF. Submissions must be uploaded on the START system ( by the submission deadlines; submissions after that time will not be reviewed. To minimise network congestion, we request authors to upload their submissions as early as possible.

    DUAL SUBMISSION POLICY: Papers being submitted to other conferences or workshops can be submitted in parallel to WLSI-3 / OIAF4HLT-2, on condition that submissions at other conferences will be withdrawn if the paper is accepted for WLSI-3 / OIAF4HLT-2. Authors must clearly indicate on the title page the other conferences or workshops to which the paper is being submitted and also indicate that they will withdraw these other submissions if the paper is accepted for WLSI-3 / OIAF4HLT-2.


Date: December 12th, 2016
Location: Osaka International Convention Center (OICC), Osaka, Japan
Time Program
9:00-9:10 Opening
9:10-10:40 Oral Session [Infrastructure] Chair: Yohei Murakami 30min. x 3
Kathaa : NLPSystems as Edge-Labeled Directed Acyclic MultiGraphs
Sharada Mohanty, Nehal J Wani, Manish Srivastava and Dipti Sharma
LAPPS/Galaxy:Current State and Next Steps
Nancy Ide, Keith Suderman, Eric Nyberg, James Pustejovsky, Marc Verhagen
Automatic Analysis of Flaws in Pre-Trained NLP Models
Richard Eckart de Castilho
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Oral Session [Application] Chair: James Pustejovsky 30min. x 2
Combining Human Inputters and Language Services to provide Multi-language support system for International Symposiums
Takao Nakaguchi, Masayuki Otani, Toshiyuki Takasaki and Toru Ishida
Recurrent Neural Network with Word Embedding for Complaint Classification
Panuwat Assawinjaipetch, Kiyoaki Shirai, Virach Sornlertlamvanich and Sanparith Marukata
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Oral Session [Resource] Chair: Donghui Lin 30min. x 3
Universal dependencies for Uyghur
Marhaba Eli, Weinila Mushajiang and Tuergen Yibulayin
A non-expert Kaldi recipe for Vietnamese Speech Recognition System
Hieu-Thi Luong and Hai-Quan Vu
Evaluating Ensemble Based Pre-annotation on Named Entity Corpus Construction in English and Chinese
Tingming Lu and Zhiqiang Gao
15:00-15:50 Coffee Break & Demo Session x 5
The Language Grid
15:50-16:50 Oral Session [Infrastructure] Chair: Nancy Ide 30min. x 2
An Ontology for Language Service Composability
Yohei Murakami, Takao Nakaguchi, Donghui Lin and Toru Ishida
Between Platform and APIs: Kachako API for Developers
Yoshinobu Kano
16:50-17:00 Closing


WLSI-OIAF4HLT 2016 proceedings are now online! You can find the proceedings here



Yohei Murakami

Kyoto University, Japan


Donghui Lin

Kyoto University,Japan


Nancy Ide

Vassar College, USA


James Pustejovsky

Brandeis University, USA


  • Venue
  • Osaka International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka).
    5-3-51, Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005 JAPAN

  • Access:
  • Please find the traffic access at Osaka International Convention Center official website.