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Laurent Romary – New Chairperson of ISO Technical Committee 37

Laurent Romary, a researcher with the Alpage project team, has been appointed Chair of ISO/CT 37, 2016 for a period of 6 years as from January 1.

ISO Technical Committee 37 deals with the standardisation of descriptions of linguistic content, including terminological aspects, language coding (lSO series 639) and data representation for the processing of languages, dictionaries and translation processes. His appointment was proposed by the Chinese secretariat (SAC) of TC 37 and seconded in particular by the French (AFNOR) and German (DIN) standards institutes.

Laurent Romary has been involved in the standardisation of linguistic resources for a number of years. He had previously chaired sub-committee TC 37/SC 4 dedicated to this field, with 17 standards published since 2002. Many of these standards correspond to research work on linguistic data modelling and were written or co-written by Laurent Romary as well as, over the past few years, by Eric de la Clergerie as part of the Alpage project team. Their work includes standards concerning the representation of lexical data, feature structures, part-of-speech tagging and syntactic or semantic annotation (dialogue acts, temporal structures).

These standards aim to simplify the interoperability of the resources produced and used in linguistic computing in order to produce science that is more open and reusable across these fields.

For Laurent Romary his appointment is also the fruit of constant support by Inria for the development of standardisation activities, especially within the former D2T, now DGD-T. This support reflects the importance of standardisation as a tool for the transfer of technology.

Selected publications relative to the standardisation of linguistic resources  

Laurent Romary. Standards for language resources in ISO – Looking back at 13 fruitful years. edition - die Terminologiefachzeitschrift, Deutscher Terminologie-Tag e.V. (DTT), 2015. <hal-01220925>

Kiyong Lee, Lou Burnard, Laurent Romary, Eric De La Clergerie, Thierry Declerck, et al.. Towards an international standard on feature structures representation. 4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - LREC'04, 2004, Lisbonne, Portugal, pp.373-376, 2004. <inria-00099855>

Laurent Romary, Nancy Ide. International Standard for a Linguistic Annotation Framework. Natural Language Engineering, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2004, 10 (3-4), pp.211-225. <hal-00164624>

Sonja Bosch, S. Choi, Éric Villemonte de La Clergerie, Alex Chengyu Fang, Gertrud Faass, et al.. [tiger2] As a standardized serialisation for ISO 24615 - SynAF. Hendrickx, Iris and Kübler, Sandra and Simov, Kiril. TLT11 - 11th international workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories - 2012, Nov 2012, Lisbon, Portugal. Ediçoes Colibri, pp.37-60, 2012. <hal-00765413>

Pustejovsky James, Kiyong Lee, Harry Bunt, Laurent Romary. ISO-TimeML: An International Standard for Semantic Annotation. LREC 2010, May 2010, La Valette, Malta. 2010. <inria-00479847>

Norms of Team Alpage

ISO 24610-1:2006 Language resource management -- Feature structures -- Part 1: Feature structure representation

ISO 24610-2:2011 Language resource management -- Feature structures -- Part 2: Feature system declaration

ISO 24611:2012 Language resource management -- Morpho-syntactic annotation framework (MAF)

ISO 24612:2012 Language resource management -- Linguistic annotation framework (LAF)

ISO 24613:2008 Language resource management - Lexical markup framework (LMF)

ISO 24615-1:2014 Language resource management -- Syntactic annotation framework (SynAF) -- Part 1: Syntactic model

ISO/DIS 24615-2 Language resource management -- Syntactic annotation framework (SynAF) -- Part 2: XML serialization (ISOTiger)

ISO 24616:2012 Language resources management -- Multilingual information framework

ISO 24617-1:2012 Language resource management -- Semantic annotation framework (SemAF) -- Part 1: Time and events (SemAF-Time, ISO-TimeML)

ISO 24617-2:2012 Language resource management -- Semantic annotation framework (SemAF) -- Part 2: Dialogue acts

Keywords: ISO Alpage Normes Inria Paris Language