IRCS Workshop on Open Language Archives

10-12 December 2002
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Organized by Steven Bird and Gary Simons
Funded by the National Science Foundation


Sheraton University City

The Sheraton Hotel is located just two blocks from IRCS at 36th & Chestnut Streets. We have reserved a block of rooms for workshop participants for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights (9th, 10th and 11th). (We assume most participants will arrive on Monday evening, and depart on Thursday evening.)

We have sponsorship to cover three nights for participants from the US, plus an additional two nights for people travelling from outside the contiguous United States. This covers the room rate plus tax, but no extras (e.g. meals).

Extra nights can be purcashed at the discounted rate of US$119, but please book soon. (If you need an extra night and need help paying for it, please contact Steven Bird.)

All confirmed participants must activate their reservations by calling the Sheraton hotel, mentioning "OLAC", and specifying the nights that accomodation is required, and noting the confirmation number you are given. You will be asked for a credit card number, which will be used for any charges unrelated to the room and tax costs (e.g. meals, videos, nights not covered by the OLAC workshop travel stipulation of 3 or 5 nights). Please do this as soon as possible. To see if you are a confirmed participant being supported by OLAC, please see the participants page.

If you encounter any problems with your reservation, please contact Laurel Sweeney, the local organizer at IRCS, by emailing <> or calling +1 (215) 898-0357.

Contact information:
Sheraton University City
3600 Chestnut Street
(corner of 36th and Chestnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: +1 (877) 459-1146 (toll free)
Phone: +1 (215) 387-8000
Fax: +1 (215) 387-7920

Information about other local hotels

Travel: From the Airport

The most cost-effective way is to take an airport shuttle. In the baggage claim area, go to a ground transportation counter to see a selection of shuttle services to choose from. (The Sheraton University Hotel suggests the Lady Liberty Shuttle Service, tel. 215-724-8888, which charges $8 for a one-way trip from the Airport to the hotel or to a destination around the Penn campus. Dial '27' using the free phone at the Ground Transportation counter to arrange for a Lady Liberty shuttle.)

A taxi ride from the Airport to the hotel or the Penn campus costs a flat rate of $20, and is available 24 hours a day.

For more information about public transportation from the airport, visit the Philadelphia Airport train guide or the U.Penn Facilities Services guide.

Travel: By Train or Car

Getting to Penn.

Driving directions to IRCS (this picks up where "Getting to Penn" leaves off, includes information about parking and finding the IRCS Suite.

Visit the venue page on this website for various maps of the university campus.


The workshop will provide a light continental breakfast from 8:15am, plus coffee and snacks through the day, plus a buffet lunch. Workshop participants will be responsible for their own evening meals (Places to eat around U.Penn campus)

Informal Pre-Workshop Gathering: On the Monday evening of December 9th before the start of the conference the next day, workshop participants already in Philadelphia are invited to meet up at New Deck Tavern, 3408 Sansom Street, from 7pm.

Local Links

Steven Bird, Gary Simons,
Open Language Archives Community