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Tour de CLARIN: Lithuania

 

The Lithuanian consortium CLARIN-LT has been a full member of CLARIN ERIC since 2015. The consortium consists of three partner universities – Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas Technology University and Vilnius University – and is led by Assoc. Prof. Andrius Utka as the head of the consortium, Dr. Jurgita Vaičenonienė as a national coordinator, and Prof. habil. Dr. Rūta Petrauskaitė as a General Assembly member appointed by the ministry of Education and Science.  

CLARIN-LT offers a C-certified repository, which provides a host of specialized and well-annotated language resources suitable for research within Digital Humanities disciplines. The consortium offers a dedicated online access to the Corpus of the Contemporary Lithuanian Language. Additionally, a researcher is given access to some important Lithuanian language resources, for instance, ALKSNIS – the largest Lithuanian Treebank, LITIS – a corpus of user-generated comments, and Lithuanian Parliament Corpus for Authorship Attribution, which is especially tailored to authorship attribution tasks and has been successfully used in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours.

To promote active User Involvement, the consortium has set up two help desks, whose experts can be contacted via e-mail or telephone:

  • the Lithuanian Language Technology Helpdesk at Vytautas Magnus University provides information and consultations on corpus analysis, terminology extraction, the use of tools for part-of-speech tagging, syntactic parsing, and similar uses of language technology; and
  • the Semantic and Conceptual Modelling Helpdesk at Kaunas University of Technology provides information and help on approaches related to database and information system engineering, ontology development methods, the implementation of semantic search processes and other relevant issues.

The consortium has also organized a series of User Involvement events. In 2016, CLARIN-LT experts organized a seminar where they presented successful use cases on how the language resources and computational tools developed at the consortium can be applied within Digital Humanities and Social Sciences research. In 2017, the consortium organized their biggest event yet – a two-day CLARIN-PLUS workshop dedicated to the creation and use of Social Media Resources, which was attended by some of the foremost computational and Digital Humanities experts on computer-mediated communication.

 

CLARIN Lithuania group photo

CLARIN-LT team (L-R): Andrius Utka, Agnė Bielinskienė, Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Erika Rimkutė, Rūta Petrauskaitė, Jolanta Kovalevskaitė, Loic Boizou