CLARIN Newsflash October 2017

Tour de CLARIN

“Tour de CLARIN” is a CLARIN ERIC initiative that aims to periodically highlight prominent User Involvement activities of a particular CLARIN national consortium. In October and November the focus is on the Netherlands with the first blog post introducing CLARIAH-NL.
To find out more about this initiative and to read all the blog posts to date please visit the “Tour de CLARIN” web pages. If you are interested in joining “Tour de CLARIN” and would like to highlight your national consortium’s activities, let us know as we are looking for new entries from February 2018 onwards: email us at

Learning DH and Networking across Europe with CLARIN 
Blog post by Thorsten Trippel (Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen)

Take 70 international young scholars in the Digital Humanities, 11 different classes taught by experienced experts, a couple of presentations by scholars showing their work from various Digital Humanities subfields, add a social program with excursions to museums and sites of culture: Voilà.
In the Summer of 2017, "Culture & Technology" - The European Summer University in Digital Humanities (ESU) was an excellent venue for scholars to learn about and practice DH methods, expand their horizon to different research questions in the Digital Humanities and create international networks of expertise. Existing tools and data sets were utilized to demonstrate use cases and to work on classroom projects based on participants’ interests. CLARIN, as a major contributor to the Digital Humanities infrastructure in Europe, strongly supported these activities by sponsoring classes related to the CLARIN services, which provide tools, data sets, and workflows.
Organized by an enthusiastic team around Elisabeth Burr, the summer school, which was established at the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2009, was again co-sponsored by CLARIN – besides receiving funding from Leipzig University, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and other national and international institutions. Read the full blog post

Research Data Journal 
Call for Data Papers

The Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RDJ) is a peer-reviewed digital-only open access journal, which is designed to comprehensively document and publish deposited datasets and to facilitate their online exploration.
The RDJ consists of data papers: scholarly publications containing a non-technical description of a data set and putting the data in a research context. A data paper gets a persistent identifier and provides publication credits to the author, who is usually (but not necessarily) also the data depositor.
RDJ is published by Brill in collaboration with (Data Archiving and Networked Services), the Netherlands institute for permanent access to digital research resources. The journal’s Social Sciences Section is coordinated by the UK Data Service.
RDJ is soliciting new submissions, in particular related to the following domains:

  • Archaeology and geo-archaeological research
  • Social and economic history
  • Oral history
  • Language and literature
  • Audio-visual media

Read more on how you can contribute to RDJ

Lexicons for Semantics and Typology
A blog post published by SWE-CLARIN

In this blog post two resources are presented: a semantic lexicon and a typological database. Read more

Join the OpenMinTed Call for Content

The OpenMintedTed platform for text and data invites content providers (publishers, repositories, libraries and other holders of scholarly publication) to submit a proposal to make their content available and mineable through the OpenMinTeD platform. By opening your content up for text and data mining, you will increase your content's visibility and impact. Winners of this call will be awarded € 7.000 (small bids) or € 17.500 (larger bids) to implement the connection of their content to the OpenMinTeD infrastructure.

The deadline for proposals is 29 October 2017.

Read the full call for content

CLARIN User Involvement Event: Using TEI for Representing CMC/Social Media Data
Blog post by Daniel Pfurtscheller (Universität Innsbruck)

On 4 October 2017, a workshop titled “How to use for the annotation of CMC and social media resources: a practical introduction” was held in association with the 5th Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities (cmccorpora17) at Eurac Research, Italy. The goal of the event was to give a practical introduction into the annotation of language data from genres of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media using the formats of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The tutorial was run by Harald Lüngen (IDS Mannheim, Germany), Michael Beißwenger (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), and Laura Herzberg (University Mannheim, Germany). This event was funded as a CLARIN User Involvement Event.
Read more


During the CLARIN Conference (CLARIN2017) in Budapest we have recorded a number of interviews with the conference organizers and speakers.

Watch the interview on Organizing the CLARIN Conference in which Tamás Váradi (Local organizer of CLARIN2017) and Maciej Piasecki (Programme chair for CLARIN2017) talk about the organization and the character of the CLARIN conference.

You can watch all other videos recorded during CLARIN2017 on our Videolectures channel



The 10th annual International Open Access Week
23-29 October 2017, across the globe

Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power of Open Access to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the 10th annual International Open Access Week taking place during 23-29 October 2017. Read more.
“Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and inquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.” Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking's 1966 doctoral thesis has been made available for the first time. Read more.

For more information about CLARIN and Open Access visit CLARIN Legal Information Platform.

Don't Miss Out on the 7th META-NET Annual Conference!
13-14 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Participate and contribute to the discussion about the planned large-scale and long-term funding programme for European Language Technology, the HUMAN LANGUAGE PROJECT. META-NET wants to hear from the whole Language Technology and Computational Linguistics community – research, academia, industry and other stakeholders. They want to take into account your input, your needs, your visions and your demands.
Additional highlights of META-FORUM 2017 include presentations from the European Commission (upcoming Horizon 2020 calls and Connecting Europe Facility), presentations of research results and software demos, discussions about the future of Machine Translation with key figures in research and industry. The closing keynote of META-FORUM 2017 will be presented by Necip Fazil Ayan (Facebook, USA) who will talk about the use of Language Technology and Machine Learning in the world's largest social network.
META-FORUM 2017 is taking place in less than four weeks. Don't miss out and register now:  


Corpus Linguistics in Scotland
11 December 2017, Glasgow, Scotland

This year’s Corpus Linguistics in Scotland (CLiS) event will take place at the University of Glasgow under the banner of “Corpus Linguistics and Cross-Disciplinarity”. CLiS invites proposals for short work-in-progress talks (10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions). Please send a short (c.150 word) abstract to Ewan Hannaford, by 5pm on Friday 17 November. All researchers are welcome to submit their proposals; CLiS particularly encourages Masters/PhD students and other early-career researchers.
Read more about CLiS

CLIN 28: Second Call for Abstracts
26 January 2018, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 

The 28th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 28) will be organised by the Centre for Language Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts describing work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language and speech technologies and applications.

Presentation abstracts should be submitted no later than 3 November 2017 (12PM, GMT/UTC + 01:00 hour).
For the full call for abstracts and on how to submit, please visit the CLIN28 website.


UCCTS 2018: Call for Papers 
12-14 September, 2018, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The Centre for English Corpus Linguistics of the University of Louvain (UCL) is organizing the fifth edition of the Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies (UCCTS) conference series.

UCCTS is a biennial international conference which was launched by Richard Xiao in 2008 to provide an international forum for the exploration of the theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the creation and use of corpora in contrastive and translation/interpreting studies. The 2018 edition will be dedicated to the memory of Richard Xiao, who initiated the conference series but sadly passed away in January 2016.

After almost 30 years of intensive corpus use in contrastive linguistics and translation studies, the conference aims to take stock of the advances that have been made in methodology, theory, analysis and applications, and think up new ways of moving corpus-based contrastive and translation studies forward.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for UCCTS 2018. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2018.

For more information about the conference and the full details of this call please visit the UCCTS website.


University Lecturer/ University Senior Lecturer in NLP and Machine Learning (2 positions) 
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology (The Computer Laboratory), is seeking to recruit two faculty members in Natural Language Processing / Computational Linguistics.

Read the full job descriptions

Doctoral Student/ 2 Post-doctoral Researchers (3 positions) 
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

The University of Helsinki is currently looking to fill the following job positions:

Full-time salaried doctoral student (4-years):
- work in project MeMAD: Methods for Managing Audiovisual Data
- PhD project: Multimodal Neural for audiovisual data sets
2 post-doctoral researchers (2 years each):
- Project: "Natural Language Understanding using cross-lingual grounding”
- PostDoc 1: focus on cross-lingual grounding for NLI
- PostDoc 2: focus on multilingual machine translation
Application deadline for all 3 positions: 19 November 2017

Doctoral Position in English Linguistics 
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

The Uppsala University is looking for a dynamic and committed scholar who works well independently and is able to cooperate in and to benefit from the community of researchers working in English Linguistics at the Department of English. The deadline for applications is 8 November 2017.

More information