CLARIN Newsflash February 2017

Call for Papers: CLARIN Annual Conference 2017
18–20 September 2017, Budapest, Hungary

The CLARIN Annual Conference is organised for the Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes its design, construction and operation, the data and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

The deadline for submission is 1 May 2017.

View the full call for papers

Updates and announcements 

For programme updates, and announcements about the conference, you can also follow CLARIN on Twitter @CLARINERIC (event tag #CLARIN2017).


Congratulations to three new CLARIN K-Centres

CLARIN is proud to announce that Lund University Humanities Lab, The TalkBank Project at Carnegie Mellon University and the Language Council of Sweden are now accredited CLARIN Knowledge Centres.

Each of these K-Centres offers a place (physical or virtual) where people can get access to knowledge and expertise in specific areas.

Lund University Humanities Lab
The focus of Lund University Humanities Lab lies in sensor-based technology (e.g., EEG, eye-tracking, articulography, motion capture, 3D-scanning, virtual reality), AV-data, expertise on multimodal data analysis and development of linguistic tools such as semantic tagging, calculations of lexical competition scores and text analysis for information extraction. Read more...

The TalkBank Project at Carnegie Mellon University
The TalkBank Project seeks to provide resources, methods, and advice to assist researchers interested in using corpora to study various aspects of communication, including language acquisition and learning, and language pathology. Read more...

The Language Council of Sweden
The Language Council at the Institute of Language and Folklore in Stockholm has expertise in language technology, corpus linguistics and language counselling. It produces and offers access to and information about dictionaries and terminology, such as the multi-lingual Lexin dictionary of Swedish minority languages, which will be part of the CLARIN infrastructure. Read more


CLARIN-PLUS Workshop "Facilitating the Creation of National Consortia: Repositories"

On 9-10 February, fourteen representatives of newly established and candidate national consortia met in Prague for a workshop in the series Facilitating the
Creation of National Consortia, as part of the efforts of the CLARIN-PLUS project to widen the geographical scope of participation in CLARIN. This time the topic was the role of repository systems and B-Centres in the CLARIN infrastructure.
An overview of the most popular repository systems currently used in CLARIN centres was presented. Discussion centered on a range of topics, from the technical aspects of repository setup and configuration, to the integration with other services offered by CLARIN centres, and the links with broader worldwide initiatives like OpenAIREOLAC, and and the Data Citation Index. The processes involved in applying for the Data Seal of Approval and CLARIN B-Centre status were also discussed.
Participants represented a range of use cases, with some countries planning to set up their first repository, but also others with long-standing existing repositories and national infrastructures not yet fully integrated with CLARIN.
Links to presentations can be found in the programme on the workshop’s event page


CLARIN.SI - CLIN2017 Shared Task Results

Nikola Ljubešić (Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana) and Yves Scherrer (University of Geneva) have been ranked first among 16 different systems in the CLIN2017 shared task on normalising historical text with their csmtiser tool, which  was developed within the national basic research project JANES and the national research infrastructure CLARIN.SI.
Read more about the shared tasks, participants and the results


PARTHENOS Training Website Launched

PARTHENOS has launched the PARTHENOS Training Suite, a collection of materials to support training in Digital Research Infrastructures.  The online Training Suite builds on existing knowledge within the cluster of partners in the PARTHENOS project.

The materials included in the suite are not intended to replicate Digital Humanities skills training that is offered in formal and informal outlets elsewhere, but to expose some of the unique knowledge generated within research infrastructures.

The intended audience for these materials is broad, including Digital Humanities trainers looking to incorporate a greater awareness of infrastructure into their own teaching; self-learners from the research, cultural heritage or development communities curious about the context of work in an infrastructure; infrastructure-based researchers and professionals looking to deepen their understanding of their work context; through to policy makers and institutional leaders wanting to make more informed decisions about supporting access to research infrastructure.

Visit the Training Website

CLARIN is a participating partner in the PARTHENOS project  



From our YouTube channel

Brian MacWhinney on the relations between Talkbank and CLARIN and on the work being done in the TalkBank project at the Carnegie Mellon University.


Call for Proposals DH Benelux: Deadline Extended
3–5 July 2017, Utrecht, the Netherlands

The deadline for DHBenelux has been extended to Sunday 5 March 2017 at
23:59 CET. Please use this opportunity to complete any unfinished abstracts you intended to submit for the previous deadline. It is also still possible to update your submitted abstract(s).

Proposals for pre-conference workshops can be submitted until 5 March 2017 as well.
The DHBenelux conference aims to disseminate digital humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and foster collaboration between them.
Researchers from outside the Benelux are welcome to submit as well.
Read the call for proposals and the call for pre-conference workshop proposals


"Culture & Technology" - The European Summer University in Digital Humanities
18–28 July 2017, Leipzig, Germany

The European Summer University aims to bring together young scholars from the Humanities, Engineering and Information Sciences and creates the conditions for future project-oriented collaboration and networking across the borders of the individual disciplines.

The European Summer University seeks to offer a space for the discussion and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competences in the computer technologies that play a central role in Humanities Computing and which also determines the everyday work that is done in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences, as well as in publishing, libraries and archives.

This 8th edition of the Summer University takes place across 11 whole days. The intensive programme consists of workshops, teaser sessions, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion.

Visit the website of the European Summer School in Digital Humanities


Call for papers - GESPIN2017: Gesture and Speech in Interaction 
25–27 August 2017, Poznań, Poland

The 5th Gesture and Speech in Interaction conference (GESPIN2017) is organized by the Faculty of Modern Languages together with the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. GESPIN is an international conference on gesture and speech interaction.

GESPIN2017 is an official satellite event of INTERSPEECH 2017 international conference which will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on 20-24 August 2017. The theme of INTERSPEECH 2017 is Situated interaction.

GESPIN2017 invites papers addressing any aspects of the interaction of gesture and speech, and how they work together to achieve various goals.
Read the full Call for Papers


Associate Professor in General and Computational Linguistics
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, University of Bergen, Norway

The University of Bergen, which is strongly involved in CLARIN, invites applications for a permanent position as Associate Professor in General and Computational Linguistics.

The application deadline is 1 March 2017.

Read the full job description



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