Annotation Standards for Temporal Information in Natural Language

Workshop scope and aims

The ability to identify and analyse temporal information is important for a variety of natural language applications, such as information extraction, question answering, and multi-document summarisation. Nevertheless, this area of research has been relatively unexplored. It became evident during an ACL 2001 workshop on temporal and spatial information processing that that some research institutions have started to work on different aspects of temporal information, but no consensus has been achieved yet on what and how temporal information should be identified in text.

This workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers to present their work in this field and to discuss future developments such as building shared resources e.g. temporally annotated corpora. It is timely to coordinate the effort being undertaken in the community at this stage of research into temporal information in text.

Topics of interest include:

Application areas include:

Authors whose work is directed at annotation schemes are encouraged to address (in their full paper) the example texts provided at this is not obligatory.

Workshop agenda

The full-day workshop will consist of paper presentations, a panel session, and an open discussion session to discuss future development and plans for possible collaborations.


Bill Black UMIST (UK)
Rob Gaizauskas University of Sheffield (UK)
Graham Katz University of Osnabrueck (Germany)
Andrea Setzer University of Sheffield (UK)
George Wilson MITRE Corporation (USA)

Program committee

Bill Black UMIST (UK)
Rob Gaizauskas University of Sheffield (UK)
Graham Katz University of Osnabrueck (Germany)
Inderjeet Mani the MITRE Corporation (USA) and Georgetown University, USA
Allan Ramsay UMIST (UK)
James Pustejovsky Brandeis University, USA
Frank Schilder University of Hamburg, Germany
Andrea Setzer University of Sheffield (UK)
Beth Sundheim SPAWAR Systems Center (USA)
Janyce Wiebe University of Pittsburgh (UK)
George Wilson the MITRE Corporation (USA)

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts 18th February 2002
Notification of acceptance 11th March 2002
Camera-ready final copy for proceedings 15th April 2002
Workshop 27th May 2002


Abstracts for workshop contributions should not exceed two A4 pages (excluding references). An additional title page should state: the title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author's e-mail address, as well as postal address, telephone and fax numbers.

Submission is to be sent by email, preferably in Postscript or PDF format, to Andrea Setzer ( by the 18th February 2002.

Formatting instructions for the final full version of papers will be sent to authors after notification of acceptance.

Workshop Registration Fees

The registration fees for the workshop are:

Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat. All attendees will receive a copy of the workshop proceedings.