CLARIN Newsflash October 2015

Italy member of CLARIN ERIC

We are happy to announce that Italy has joined CLARIN on 1 October 2015, becoming its 16th full member.
“We were already an active participant in CLARIN during its preparatory phase, and could not wait to see Italy again on board of CLARIN ERIC – finally this day has come” says Dr. Monica Monachini at the National Research Council’s Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli”, who leads the Italian CLARIN consortium. “Already now we are collaborating with CLARIN, for instance in the Parthenos project.”, she adds. 

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Norway full member of CLARIN ERIC

We are happy to announce that Norway joined the CLARIN ERIC on 1 Oct 2015, bringing the total number of full members up to fifteen.
“We have already been an active observer in the ERIC for the past two years” says Prof. Koenraad De Smedt at the University of Bergen, who leads the Norwegian CLARINO consortium.  He adds: "Norway is the first country joining the ERIC which is not an EU member country, so the red tape took some time. 

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And the award goes to.... 

The CLARIN Young Scientist Award has been awarded to Maarten van Gompel of the Radboud University Nijmegen for his groundbreaking work on FoLiA and CLAM. The award ceremony took place at the annual CLARIN Conference, held this year in Wrocław, Poland. 

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VLO updated with advanced search facilities

The VLO facted browser, now at its new host, has been upgraded to the new minor version 3.3. The major addition to this version is the support for advanced querying by means of a relatively intuitive syntax based on that of Lucene. Such queries can be entered directly into the 's search box, and may include operators such as AND, OR and NOT, and can also be used to search in specific fields.

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Digital Humanities workshop
By Czech National consortium LINDAT/CLARIN 

On September 24, 2015, the Czech National Consortium LINDAT/CLARIN organized a one-day Digital Humanities Workshop in Prague. The workshop took place under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of education, youth and sport and it was supported also by the EHRI and CESSDA research infrastructures.

The programme of the  workshop consisted of invited talks given by representatives of European large research infrastructures, plenary talks by two representatives of Czech research infrastructures involved in European programmes, presentations of 18 posters prepared by Czech research teams and two panel discussions, one of which was devoted to the issues of what infrastructures may offer to the users, and the other to the requirements and wishes  of users.

At the end of the workshop the participants were invited to visit the MALACH Center (part of LINDAT-CLARIN) to get acquainted with the video archive of the holocaust testimonies and to have an opportunity to search in the archive.

The workshop was attended by 65 participants from the Czech Republic. The talks were simultaneously translated between Czech and English. The immediate response of the participants was very positive and the discussion was lively and interesting. The invited guests from abroad were pleasantly surprised by the richness of the programme and by the active interest of the participants.

The chair of the preparatory committee was the Czech CLARIN national coordinator Eva Hajičová and the members were  Jindřich Krejčí,  Michal Frankl, Jan Hajič, and Jaroslava Hlaváčová.

Read the complete report of the Digital Humanities Workshop


UNESCO Memory of the World Register to recognize collections in The Language Archive 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added to its Memory of the World register 64 collections from The Language Archive at the MPI. These materials contain documentation from 102 different languages spoken around the world.

The Language Archive (TLA) at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics preserves language materials for the future, and makes them available for scientific research and use by the wider public, among other things. The complete archive holds more than 20.000 hours of audio-visual materials from over 200 different languages. The collections added to the Memory of the World register contain unique recordings and texts of minority languages, many of which are in danger of becoming extinct. 

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In this video Christoph Draxler (University of Munich) explains how online perception experiments with Percy work.

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Symposium Announcement: 'Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities'
Friday, October 30th at the National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, the Netherlands

From 26 to 30 October 2015 the third and final Creative Camp will be organized at the National Library of the Netherlands as part of the Talk of Europe – Travelling CLARIN Campus project. On Friday, October 30th a free public symposium will be held, titled ‘Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities’. All those interested are invited to attend. Participants can look forward to invited talks, which are sure to inspire and ignite discussion and debate.

There is no charge for this symposium (lunch included), but registration is requested. If you would like to attend the Talk of Europe symposium, please send a short message to Jill Briggeman (

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CPF: Nordic Digital Humanities
Call for papers for its 1st Nordic Conference and Constitutive Meeting (March 15-17 2016)

Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries calls for papers for its 1st Nordic Conference and Constitutive Meeting (March 15-17 2016). The conference is organized by the Oslo Digital Humanities Research Network in collaboration with the Norwegian National Library and the Digital Humanities Center at Gothenburg University.
The deadline for proposals is Nov 15, 2015 (midnight GMT). Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the program committee by Jan 15, 2016.
Conference languages are Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and English.

Full call for papers


PHP/Drupal developer
The Language Archive at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

The Language Archive at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is looking for an experienced PHP/Drupal developer to work on the development of a new archiving solution.

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