CLARIN Newsflash October 2016

CLARIN Annual Conference 2016

We thank all participants who attended the CLARIN Annual Conference in Aix-en-Provence. Your active contributions, feedback and ideas are greatly appreciated and have made this event a great success!

Slides of all the various presentations and links to the full papers can be found on the CLARIN2016 programme webpage.


And the winner is.... 

The Steven Krauwer Award for Young Scientist has been awarded to Liesbeth Augustinus (KU Leuven and Ghent University, Belgium) for her outstanding work on making example-based treebank search in multiple languages available to linguists and other humanities scholars, for promoting this approach and training intended users, and for applying the relevant applications in her own research.

The award ceremony took place at the annual CLARIN Annual Conference in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Read more about the jury’s motivation and the award ceremony


Bente Maegaard presented CLARIN at the International Open Data Conference 2016, held in Madrid, 5-7 October 2016.

This conference with around 1000 participants was held for the first time in Europe. The sessions were organized as panels. The impact panel on Data + Language Technologies was moderated by Juan Llorens, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain, and had the following participants:

The main conference was preceded by workshops and CLARIN was also presented in the  “Workshop on open data and language processing technologies: An opportunity not to be missed”

It was a good opportunity to present CLARIN in Spain, and the theme of the conference gave ample opportunity to speak about open data, open access, open science and copyright.

CLARIN.SI - Activities in Slovenia 

Last September CLARIN.SI co-organized two conferences in Ljubljana. With over 160 participants both conferences were very well attended.

CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities

CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities is the 4th conference of an annual series dedicated to the collection, annotation, processing and exploitation of corpora of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media for research in the humanities.

Read more about CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities

Language Technologies & Digital Humanities (LT-DH 2016)

The 10th Conference on Language Technologies widened its scope to the field of Digital Humanities. Digital humanities are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, radically changing the accepted practices in humanities research, but have so far lacked a national or regional event to present their results and encourage discussion in this part of the world.

Apart from the invited and regular talks, the conference also included a round-table on Slovene terminology, and a student session. During the student session, a Best Student Paper Award was won by Miha Helbl and Žiga Domevšček for their paper on the construction and analysis of a 5 language parallel corpus of TED talks.

Read more about LT-DH 2016

Launch of the Virtual Research Environment of LINHD 

The launch event of the official release of the Virtual Research Environment EVI-LINHD took place on Wednesday 19th October, at the School of Economics of UNED, the Nation University of Distance Education in Spain.

EVI-LINHD is a free and open-source cloud platform for the creation of Digital Humanities projects, including a XML- digital edition editing tool with a processing model based on eXist, a space to create digital libraries using Omeka, and Wordpress to design beautiful websites for projects. Users can create a project from the beginning to the end and share it with their team members. 

Read more about the Virtual Research Enviroment EVI-LINDH 

Spanish CLARIN Knowledge Centre

The Spanish CLARIN Knowledge Centre has been formed in 2015 as a joint initiative between the LINDH-UNED research center on digital humanities in Madrid, the CLARIN Centre at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and the IXA Language Technology Group at the University of the Basque Country. The centre provides advice on language technologies, digital resources and research methods in the major languages of Spain. CLARIN knowledge centres are key building blocks of the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure, providing contact points for knowledge and expertise in specific areas.



GrETEL is a query engine in which linguists can use a natural language example as a starting point for searching a treebank with limited knowledge about tree representations and formal query languages. Instead of a formal search instruction, it takes a natural language example as input. This provides a convenient way for novice and non-technical users to use treebanks with a limited knowledge of the underlying syntax and formal query languages. By allowing linguists to search for constructions similar to the example they provide, it aims to bridge the gap between descriptive-theoretical and computational linguistics.

Award winner 

Liesbeth Augustinus, this year’s award winner of The Steven Krauwer Award for Young Scientist, made GrETEL initially as a CLARIN-tool for search in 1 million token size Dutch corpora. It was extended later by her and her colleagues to search in the 500 million token SONAR corpus. It was further extended to other languages, in particular Afrikaans and English.  

Read more about this showcase


From our CLARIN YouTube channel

Analysing verb clusters with GrETEL, an interview with Liesbeth Augustinus.


CLARIN DSpace Workshop 

8-10 November 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

This workshop, sponsored by CLARIN , aims to shape the future of development of the common CLARIN DSpace repository system.

So far the CLARIN DSpace (formerly LINDAT DSpace) has been primarily developed by one centre, but with increasing level of deployment across more countries and centres, the time has come to revisit the development model to improve the experience and sustainability for all centres and users.

The target audience is both managers and developers from centres who currently run DSpace, as well as representatives of centres considering it as one of their future options.

Read more about the CLARIN DSpace workshop

TNC17 Call for Proposals - The Art of Creative Networking

29 May – 2 June 2017, Linz, Austria

The TNC17 Networking Conference is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, with more than 650 participants attending this annual event. TNC brings together decision makers, managers, networking and collaboration specialists, and identity and access management experts from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions, as well as industry representatives.

The TNC17 Programme Committee is still welcoming proposals for sessions and specific presentations for next year's GÉANT networking conference. If you would like to submit an idea for a session or a presentation, you have one month left. 

The deadline for submission is 30 November 2016
Proposals (presentations and sessions) must be submitted on TNC17 

Read the guidelines for participating in TNC17

Workshop “Introducing PARTHENOS – Integrating the Digital Humanities”

14 December 2016, Prato, Italy

The PARTHENOS Research Infrastructure ( ) Project invites you to attend their workshop “Introducing PARTHENOS – Integrating the Digital Humanities” which is being held at the Sala Consiliare, Comune di Prato, Italy just outside of Florence in the afternoon on Wednesday 14th December.

This workshop is aimed at researchers, research infrastructure managers, and policy makers who wish to learn about PARTHENOS, including the key areas being addressed, and the approach that is being used to integrate resources from many of the domains that make up the Digital Humanities.

The infrastructures currently represented in PARTHENOS are DARIAHCLARINEHRICENDARI and IPERION-CH and DCH-RP, and the intention is to  involve as many more  research infrastructures, including ERICs and other research organisations involved in the humanities. This workshop is intended as an introduction to the activities of PARTHENOS.

For further information and to register for the workshop, please visit Eventbrite

CLARIN ERIC and PARTHENOS have some limited resources available for supporting interested CLARIN members to attend this event; if you need support, please contact

Conference Call: DARIAH Conference on Open Resources

23-24 March 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland 

The #dariahTeach team warmly invited the CLARIN community to apply to the calls for grants and papers for the closing event Erasmus+ #dariahTeach.
Please read the full Conference Call: DARIAH Conference on Open Resources
DARIAH also invites proposals for six grants for junior scholars to participate at the Workshop "Open Education" on digitally enhanced learning, OER and MOOCs. This event takes place on 22-23 March 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Please read the Call for Papers: #dariahTeach Workshop on Digitally Enhanced Education
The two calls are open until the 10 November.


First Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2017) - Call for Papers

19-20 June 2017, Galway, Ireland

The new biennial conference series on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK) aims at bringing together researchers from across disciplines concerned with the acquisition, curation and use of language data in the context of data science and knowledge-based applications.

With the advent of the Web and digital technologies, an ever increasing amount of language data is now available across application areas and industry sectors, including social media, digital archives, company records, etc. The efficient and meaningful exploitation of this data in scientific and commercial innovation is at the core of data science research, employing and machine learning methods as well as semantic technologies based on knowledge graphs.

LDK 2017 welcomes both long and short paper submission. The submission deadline is February 9, 2017.

Read the full call for papers

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