Event titlePARSEME/ENeL workshop on MWE e-lexicons

Location: University of Skopje, Classroom of XXI century, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FCSE), Rudjer Boskovic Street, 16, Skopje, FYR Macedonia


Dates: 5-6 April 2016 (co-located with PARSEME's 6th general meeting on 7-8 April in Struga)

Hosting InstitutionUniversity Sts Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Skopje, FYR Macedonia

Workshop Organizers: Simon Krek, Carole Tiberius, Carla Parra Escartín, Agata Savary

Local Organizer: Katerina Zdravkova

Invited speaker (PARSEME): Héctor Martínez Alonso (University of Paris 7 - INRIA, France)

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NEW! Several other photos from the workshop are also available.

Participants: about 25 experts from ENeL and PARSEME

Registration: if you have received an official e-COST invitation (whether from ENeL or from PARSEME), please, also fill in the registration form

Preliminary program

Tuesday, 5 April

Introductory lectures: What do we use? What do we have?

Wednesday, 6 April

Hands-on work: What do we want to have in the future?


Welcome by workshop leaders and presentation round (max. 1 min. per participant)


Session 5: Towards ENeL/PARSEME synergies - hands-on work I
Working in groups with people from both communities

  • Drafting specifications of an ideal NLP-supported lexicographic framework
  • Designing a prototype interface with requested functionalities


Session 1: MWEs from a lexicographical perspective - a global view
Construction of MWE lexicographical resources. Presentation of frameworks and standards used in Lexicography. Some demos of how lexicographers work

Invited speakers:
Lut Colman, Institute for Dutch Lexicology, the Netherlands
Polona Gantar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Coffee break


Coffee break


Session 2: MWEs from a Natural Language Processing perspective - a global view
Brief introduction to some NLP tools and applications. How can MWE lexicons improve them? How can NLP tools help in MWE lexicon construction?

Invited speaker: Héctor Martínez Alonso, University of Paris 7 - INRIA (France)


Session 6: Towards PARSEME/ENeL synergies - hands-on work II
Working in groups with people from both communities

  • Drafting specifications of an ideal MWE resource that would be useful in different NLP applications
  • Sample data sets with the desired properties






Session 3: PARSEME meets ENeL
Plenary interactive demos of MWE resources and tools of the ENeL community

  • Sketch engine, presented by Miloš Jakubiček
  • MWE dictionaries and more: practical session by Lut Colman and Polona Gantar


Final discussion and conclusions

  • Comparing specifications from sessions I and II and discussing the reasons of divergences
  • Planning a joint publication


Coffee break


Prepare to leave...


Session 4: ENeL meets PARSEME
Plenary interactive demos of MWE-aware NLP tools of the PARSEME community

  • mwetoolkit, presented by Carlos Ramisch
  • LeXimir, presented by Cvetana Krstev
  • Unitex, presented by Matthieu Constant
  • Demo session of MWE-aware NLP tools


Trip to Struga / back home

(for those going to the PARSEME meeting in Struga, a bus will pick us up at 16:00 in front of the Karposh Hotel, see the map)


Visit to the mother Theresa's house [tbc] and dinner


Preparatory readings

The list of preparatory readings is now available here. There are two reading lists, targeted at the two communities gathering at the workshop: one for PARSEME members and one for ENeL members.

Social activities and excursions on Monday, 4 April

  • In the afternoon (starting at 2:30 p.m.): Joint excursion to Canyon Matka (a gorge on the River Treska) and to the Church Saint Panteleimon (from the 12th century). Comfortable shoes are recommended. The prices will vary depending on the number of participants. The minimum number of participants is 4 and it would be 50€ per person. The maximum number of participants is 8 and then it would cost 25€ per person. The meeting point for the excusrsion is Hotel Karpos (see map).
  • In the evening (8 p.m.): Warming up meeting in the Sokace restaurant, Dragan Gjakonovski Shpato (Драган Ѓаконовски Шпато) street, less than a minute walk from Hotel Monako.

Accommodation: Recommended hotels near FCSE are given below. The precise prices will be negociated according to the number of guests. A booking form will be available on-line soon. In order to benefit from negociated rates, please, use the form, do not book on your own.

  • Hotel Karpoš (http://www.hotelkarpos.com.mk/), 600 m; 4 stars, 7.6 at booking.com; capacity: 59 rooms @ 40m2 and more; free facilities: parking, sauna, fitness; regular prices for B&B: single room - 69 EUR, double room - 80 EUR
  • Hotel Dolce International (http://hoteldolce.mk/), 1500 m; 4 stars, 8.0 at booking.com; capacity: 20 rooms; free facilities: parking, fitness; regular prices for B&B: single room - 45 EUR, double room - 60 EUR
  • Hotel City Park (http://www.hotelcitypark.com.mk/mk.htm), 1500 m; 4 stars, 9.1 at booking.com; capacity: 11 rooms; free facilities: parking; regular prices for B&B: single room - 75 EUR, double room - 90 EUR
  • Hotel Tim’s Skopje (http://tims.com.mk/), 1200 m; 3 stars, 8.5 at booking.com; capacity: 10 rooms, 4 studios; regular prices for B&B: single room - 53 EUR, double room - 63 EUR
  • TCC Grand Plaza Hotel (http://tccgrandplaza.com/), 1000 m; 5 stars, 7.4 at booking.com; capacity: 56 rooms; free facilities: parking; regular prices for B&B: single room - 85 EUR, double room - 95 EUR

Additional hotels near FCSE:

How to get to SKOPJE

By plane:

Skopje Airport has direct daily flights from / to: Belgrade, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Rome, Wien, Zagreb.

For more details, check Skopje Airport’s site: skp.airports.com.mk/ Please, avoid too late arrival, unless it is inevitable.

There is an exchange office at the Airport, but the rate is rather low. You might also withdraw between 3000 MKD (48 EUR) and 6000 MKD (97 EUR) from the ATM machines at the Airport. The commission is 2 EUR, and the rate is 61.5 MKD/EUR.

At the Airport, buy the ticket from Vardar Ekspres (175 MKD, you can pay it with Visa, Master, Maestro card) and go to its final destination. Hotel Holiday Inn. Go towards the Parliament, and at the crossroad go to the left to street 11 Октомври (11 Oktomvri). There is a local bus station. Buses 4, 7 (be careful, there is a bus 7a, it’s not convenient), 15, 22, and 24 take you towards the Boulevard Partizanski odredi (Булевар Партизански одреди). The participants staying in Hotel Dolce and Hotel Monako should get out of the bus at SIMPO station (third station after the Church of St Clement of Ohrid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St._Clement_of_Ohrid). The buses then stop immediately after Hotel Karpos (pronounced Karposh). Bus ticket bought in the bus costs 35 MKD. It must be paid in the local currency.

By train or by bus:

The railway station and the bus station are close to the bus terminus for local buses. Get the bus 22 and go towards the Boulevard Partizanski odredi (Булевар Партизански одреди) Bus ticket bought in the bus costs 35 MKD (approx. 0.60 EUR). It must be paid in the local currency. 

By car:

The entrance from Belgrade and from Athens is the same (Skopje East). Be careful not to go to the ring road, which leads to Tetovo. After Hotel Continental (it is a tall white building with red frames, on the opposite side of the boulevard), go to the right on the roundabout, and drive towards the Boulevard Partizanski odredi (Булевар Партизански одреди)The speed limit in the cities is 50 km/h. Be careful not to exceed this limit.


Lunches: Recommended restaurant - Barbakan Restaurant (http://www.barbakanrestaurant.com/). Lunches are covered personnally by the participants (and can be included in the reimbursement claim at flat rate of 20 EUR per meal).

Reimbursement: In order to apply for the reimbursement for this meeting, please accept the invitation that will be sent to you via e-COST before the meeting. After the meeting, fill in the reimbursement form that will be available online via the COST system and send electronically all relevant signed documents to the Grant Holder, as indicated in the reimbursement form. Before making any arrangements PLEASE READ general rules for the reimbursement described in the Vademecum, pp. 20-24. External members (who have not received the e-COST invitation) can also participate freely but will not be reimbursed for their travel and stay and should contact the organisers in advance.   

The hotel reimbursement rate for this meeting is 65 EUR per night (flat rate). The number of the reimbursed nights is equal to the number of attended workshop/meeting days plus 1 (maximum one night before and one night after the meeting).