Tour de CLARIN: the Language Bank of Finland's Roadshows

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Blog post written by Darja Fišer and Jakob Lenardič

The Finnish consortium FIN-CLARIN is one of the most active ones in the CLARIN network in the field of User Involvement. In 2016, they organised the greatest number of User Involvement events. Among these, their road show events, which were organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Language Bank of Finland, stand out in particular. Through the course of the road shows, FIN-CLARIN presented the tools and resources of the Language Bank at all the Finnish universities that are members of the Finnish consortium, beginning with the University of Turku on 28 April 2016 and ending with the University of Jyväskylä on 15 November 2016. Each presentation began with a demonstration of the KORP interface and of various ways in which researchers can use it to search through the text and speech corpora that are available in the Language Bank. The presentation materials are available both in English and Finnish.

To conclude each event, presentations were given by researchers who work at the hosting universities and who have used the tools and resources of the Language Bank. For instance, when the road show stopped at Aalto University on 27 September, André Mansikkamäki presented speech recognition tools developed within the AaltoASR project, which we highlighted in a previous Tour de CLARIN blogpost. When the road show concluded for 2016 at the University of Jyväskylä, Tommi Jantunen, whose interview can be read here, gave a presentation on the Finnish Sign Language and Jarmo Jantunen on the usage of the Suomi24 corpus, which we also focussed on in a previous Tour de CLARIN blogpost. The full list of the universities where the road shows took place and of the presenters can be found here in Finnish.

Because of the success of the 2016 events, FIN-CLARIN is continuing the road shows this year. On 15 May, the first road show event of 2017 was held at the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki. The roadshow then continued on 1 June 2017 at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki and further roadshows are planned for autumn.


Photo taken on Monday 15 May 2017 at Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies. Photo credit: Mietta Lennes. Speaker: Krister Lindén.


Tour de CLARIN highlights prominent User Involvement (UI) activities of a particular CLARIN national consortium. This is the last post from Finland. Click here to read all the Tour de CLARIN: Finland posts from April - May 2017.

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