I just received the following email from Yoav Goldberg:
I believe a resource well needed in the ACL community is a "state-of-the-art-repository", that is a public location in which one can find information about the current state-of-the-art results, papers and software for various NLP tasks (e.g. NER, Parsing, WSD, PP-Attachment, Chunking, Dependency Parsing, Summarization, QA, ...). This will help newcomers to the field to get the feel of "what's available" in terms of both tasks and available tools, and will allow active researchers to keep current on fields other than their own.I find this especially amusing because this is something that I'd been planning to blog about for a few weeks and just haven't found the time! I think that this is a great idea. If we could start a community effect where everytime you publish a paper with new results on a common task, you also publish those results on the wiki, it would make life a lot easier for everyone.
For example, I am currently quite up to date with what's going on with parsing, PoS tagging and chunking (and of course the CoNLL shared tasks are great when available, yet in many cases not updated enough), but I recently needed to do some Anaphora Resolution,
and was quite lost as for where to start looking...
I think the ACL Wiki is an ideal platform for this, and if enough people will show some interest, I will create a "StateOfTheArt" page and start populating it. But, before I do that, I would like to (a) know if there really is an interest in something like this and (b) hear any comments you might have about it (how you think it should be organized, what should be the scope, how it can be advertised other than in this blog, etc).
I would suggest that the pages essentially consist of a table with the following columns: paper reference (and link), scores in whatever the approate metric(s) are, brief description of extra resources used. If people feel compelled, they would also be encouraged to write a paragraph summary under the table with a bit more detail.
I would certainly agree to use this and to support the effort, I would be happy to go back through all my old papers and post their results on this page. It would be nice if someone (Yoav perhaps???) could initialize pages for the main tasks, so that that burden is lifted.
I'm sure other suggestions would be taken to heart, so comment away!