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Workshop: Sustainable language representations for a changing world (NoDaLiDa 2021)

One-day online workshop to be held 31 May, in conjunction with NoDaLiDa 2021

This workshop will discuss how language representations or language models can be built to be sustainable in face of changing language, new domains of application, new demands from the surrounding use cases and business models, and a changing world. The intention of the workshop is to raise awareness of some identified issues and to invite new related issues to be addressed, potentially in future workshops or debates. 

Find all information on the workshop page at Språkbanken Text, here
Registration deadline 17 May. 

Workshop topics

The workshop will be organised around different overlapping challenges when it comes to making language models sustainable, and to assessing the qualities and characteristics of language models:

Technical challenges

  • model cards and consumer or downstream user declaration of content
  • sustainability over temporal change
  • applicability to new domains
  • assessing quality and coverage of a model

Societal challenges 

  • sensitivity to bias and prejudice
  • coverage over varieties, dialects, minority languages
  • differential privacy
  • personal integrity and intimacy

Legal challenges

  • the right to be forgotten and anonymisation of training data
  • intellectual property rights with respect to training data and output of a language model
  • liabilities and risks in using a language model as part of a service

Program and Aim of the workshop

The workshop will be organised as a series of thematic sessions with invited keynotes and with position statements from participants. We invite you to submit a short position statement related to one or several of the above challenges.

The aim of the workshop is to formulate a statement on criteria for assessing the quality and sustainability of language models. We intend to publish this statement to a broader audience after the workshop in some suitable way, which will be discussed in the final session. 

Important Dates

  • Submission of position statements: 1 April 2021
  • Finalised program: 19 April 2021
  • Workshop date: 31 May 2021

The more concrete aim of the workshop is to formulate quality criteria for language representations, which can be adopted as a formal declaration from the workshop. 


The workshop is organised by the Vinnova-financed project Svenskt Språkdatalabb (Swedish Language Data Lab), in cooperation with Språkbanken Text and Gavagai AB.

Please contact us if you have any questions.