Call for Abstracts: CLARIN Annual Conference 2022

CLARIN is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2022 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is the European research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.


Location

The 2020 and 2021 editions took place virtually. In 2022, we hope to be able to at least partially return to the traditional format, for which in 2022 Prague, Czech Republic, will be the venue. The event will be prepared by CLARIN ERIC, in collaboration with LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ.


Important Dates

  • 16 December 2022: First call published on CLARIN website, disseminated, and submission system open
  • 21 February 2022: Second call for abstracts disseminated
  • End of March 2022: Third call for abstracts disseminated¬†
  • 15 April 2022: Submission deadline (extended till 29 April 2022)
  • 30 June 2022: Notification of acceptance
  • 2 September 2022: Camera-ready version deadline
  • 10-12 October 2022: CLARIN Annual Conference.

Conference Aims

The CLARIN Annual Conference is organised for the wider humanities and social sciences community in order to exchange experiences and best practices in working with the CLARIN infrastructure and to share plans for future developments. The programme will cover a wide range of topics, including the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, teachers or interested parties, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.


Keynote Speakers


Conference Topics

We invite submissions describing CLARIN-related work addressing the following aspects:

Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in humanities and social sciences research and beyond
  • Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services
  • Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage and impact studies
  • Identification and analysis of user audiences and developer communities, including digital humanities, libraries, computer science, information science, cognitive science and human-centered AI
  • Showcases, demonstrations and research projects that are relevant to CLARIN
  • Teaching and learning cases in which CLARIN resources and services are involved.

Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Recent tools and resources added to the CLARIN infrastructure
  • Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing
  • Persistent identifiers and citation mechanisms
  • Access, including authentication and authorisation
  • Search, including Federated Content Search
  • Web applications, web services and workflows
  • Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services
  • Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration financing and cooperation
  • Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure.

CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.

  • User assistance (help desks, user manuals, FAQs)
  • CLARIN portals and outreach to users
  • Videos, screencasts, recorded lectures
  • Researcher training activities, hackathons
  • Knowledge infrastructure centres.

CLARIN in relation with other infrastructures, initiatives and projects, e.g.


Format of the Programme Sessions

The programme of the conference may include oral presentations, posters, and demos. The type of session for which a paper is selected will not be based on the quality of the paper, but only on the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) in view of the content of the paper. The authors of accepted submissions will be provided an additional opportunity to demo their work.


Submissions

The language of the conference is English and presentations will be made in English. Proposals for oral or poster presentations (optionally with demo) must be submitted as extended abstracts (length: 3-4 pages A4, including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template (ZIP-archive, Overleaf template). Authors can freely choose between anonymous and non-anonymous submission.  

Extended abstracts should address one or more topics that are relevant to CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services, and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the submission, as well as in the presentation at the conference. Contributions addressing desiderata for the CLARIN infrastructure that are currently not in place are also eligible. It is not required for authors to be or have been directly involved in national or cross-national CLARIN projects.

Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. All proposals will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness: the contribution must pertain to the CLARIN infrastructure or be relevant for it (e.g., its use, design, construction, operation, exploitation, illustration of possible applications, etc.), and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the submission¬†
  • Soundness and correctness: the content must be technically and factually correct and methods must be scientifically sound, according to best practice, and preferably evaluated
  • Meaningful comparison: the abstract must indicate that the author is aware of alternative approaches, if any, and highlight relevant differences
  • Substance: concrete work and experiences will be preferred over ideas and plans
  • Impact: contributions with a higher impact on the research community and society at large will be preferred over papers with lower impact
  • Clarity: the abstract should be clearly written and well structured
  • Timeliness and novelty: the work must convey relevant new knowledge to the audience at this event.

Attendance

In case the epidemiological dynamics allow the conference to take place in thee traditional format, for each accepted abstract one author will be granted reimbursement of travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free accommodation and meals.

Proceedings

Accepted submissions will be published in the series of 'CLARIN Annual Conference Proceedings' (ISSN 2773-2177 (online)). 

After the conference, the author(s) of accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers will be published in a digital conference proceedings volume after the conference: Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings (peer reviewed) ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online) https://ep.liu.se/en/conferences.aspx


Conference Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following members:

  • Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ant√≥nio Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • TomaŇĺ Erjavec, JoŇĺef Stefan Institute, Slovenia (Chair)
  • Eva Hajińćov√°, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Krister Lind√©n, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics ¬ęA. Zampolli¬Ľ, Italy
  • Karlheinz M√∂rth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Costanza Navarretta, University of Copenhagen, Denmark¬†
  • Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Maciej Piasecki, WrocŇāaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece
  • Starka√įur Barkarson, √Ārni Magn√ļsson Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland
  • Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria¬†
  • Inguna SkadiŇÜa, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia, Latvia¬†
  • Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Marko Tadińá, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jurgita Vaińćenonienńó, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Vincent Vandeghinste, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (Dutch Language Institute), the Netherlands & KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Tam√°s V√°radi, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Andreas Witt, University of Mannheim,¬†Germany
  • Friedel Wolff,¬†South African Centre for Digital Language Resources, North-West University, South Africa
  • Martin Wynne, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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