A New CLARIN National Consortium: CLARIN-CH

Submitted by Elisa Gorgaini on 9 May 2022

With the support of the Swiss Academy for Social Sciences and Humanities, various institutions in Switzerland are preparing to join CLARIN .

Six research and academic institutions from the German-, French- and Italian-speaking parts signed the CLARIN-CH Consortium in December 2020: the universities of Bern, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Zurich, Università della Svizzera Italiana, and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The number of members keeps growing, with the University of Basel joining the consortium at the beginning of 2022 and other institutions expected to join before the end of the year.

CLARIN-CH activities are coordinated at the University of Zurich by Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt as National Coordinator and Dr. Cristina Grisot as Scientific Coordinator.

At the national level, the coordination office and the consortium members are actively working together with the purpose of bringing together the Swiss linguistics research community and fostering the sharing of resources and expertise within the national and the European CLARIN community. For the next years, it is planned to join CLARIN as Observer (autumn 2022), to implement national working groups (autumn 2022), and to prepare Switzerland’s most recent national Research Infrastructure (the Linguistics Research Infrastructure LiRI) for the assessment as a CLARIN B-centre (beginning of 2023).

The CLARIN-CH website provides an overview of Swiss national assets in terms of language resources and a large array of expertise in the area of language sciences and its various sub-fields.

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