The Semantic Evaluation (SemEval) series of workshops focuses on the evaluation of semantic analysis systems. with the aim of comparing systems that can analyse diverse semantic phenomena in text. SemEval-2012 will be associated with the new *SEM, First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics, and co-located with NAACL, Montreal, Canada.

SemEval-2012 provides development, training and test datasets for a range of interesting and challenging semantic analysis problems. We welcome individual researchers or teams to participate and contribute.

SemEval has evolved from the SensEval word sense disambiguation evaluation series. The SemEval wikipedia entry ( provides a more detailed historial overview.

SemEval-2012 will be the 6th workshop on semantic evaluation.

In addition, SemEval-2013 is already underway. For details visit the SemEval-2013 website at:


Tentative schedule

  • October 26, 2011 Call for participation
  • December 10, 2011 onwards Full Training Data + Test scripts available for participants [task dependent]
  • February 10, 2012 Test set ready
  • March 14, 2012 Registration Deadline [closed]
  • March 15, 2012 onwards Start of evaluation period
  • April 1, 2012 End of Evaluation Period (results due)
  • April 16, 2012 Paper submission deadline [EXTENDED]
  • April 23, 2012 Reviews due
  • May 4, 2012 Camera Ready


The SemEval presentations from organizers and participants will be hosted by *SEM 2012 co-located with NAACL 2012, Montreal, Canada. *SEM 2012 will include presentations from organizers and participants of SemEval 2012.



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SemEval-2012 WEBSITE


SemEval-2012 and SemEval-2013 Wiki


SemEval Wikipedia entry


*SEM 2012 Website