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CLARIN Newsflash April 2018

CLARIN2018: Deadline for Abstracts Extended to 30 April 2018

The call for abstracts for the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 is still open. You can submit your proposals until the extended deadline of 30 April 2018.

Read the complete Call for Abstracts


Travel Bursaries Available for DH Course Registry Metadatathon
24 May 2018, Paris, France

For the workshop “DH Course Registry Metadatathon” in Paris on 24 May from 10.30 – 12.30 during the DARIAH Annual Event 2018there are 15 travel bursaries (up to € 300) available through the DARIAH WG funding scheme.

Are you teaching a DH Course or related field? Do you want to make the course more visible outside your university network? Do you want to attract more (foreign) students? Do you want to shape the landscape of DH teaching in Europe and beyond and put your own activities on the map?

Then join the DH Course Registry Metadatathonand get to know the DH Course Registry, a joint effort of DARIAH-EUand CLARIN ERICdesigned showcase DH classes and encourage enrolment.

Read more about the travel bursaries and how to apply



Within the framework of the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructures, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has allocated €13.8 million on behalf of the NWO to the CLARIAH-PLUS project.This will enable the humanities consortium led by Huygens ING to continue building the CLARIAH national digital infrastructure for the humanities.

The award was received by the Principal Investigator (PI) Lex Heerma of Voss, director of Huygens ING, on behalf of a national consortium of universities and humanities institutes.

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PARTHENOS Webinar: eHumanities and eHeritage Infrastructures: Beyond Tools
Wrap up & Materials available

On 22 February 2018 the PARTHENOS webinar “eHumanities and eHeritage Infrastructures: Beyond Tools” was held. This free online seminar was dedicated to the topic of the digital and infrastructural turn in the (Digital) Humanities and Cultural Heritage in general, especially focussing on opportunities and challenges of eHumanities and eHeritage infrastructures for researchers and other stakeholders. A short summary and the materials of this webinar are now available online.


New Version of GermaNet Available
Release 13.0 

GermaNet is a lexical-semantic network that relates German nouns, verbs, and adjectives semantically by grouping lexical units which express the same concept into synsets, and by defining semantic relations between these synsets. GermaNet has much in common with the English WordNet®and can be viewed as an online thesaurus, or a lightweight ontology.

GermaNet has been developed and maintained within various projects by the research group for General and Computational Linguistics(Director: Prof. Dr. Erhard Hinrichs) at the University of Tübingen since 1997.

The most important extensions to this GermaNet release compared to the previous release are:

  1. New synsets and lexical units for all word classes have been added, resulting in 10,000 additional lexical units.
  2. A new set of lexical relations has been added which describe the semantic relations between a compound and its modifier, resulting in 7988 additional lexical relations.
  3. New relations between synsets have been added.

For information about technical details and licensing, please consult the project home page.



CLARIN - Eurac Research Docker Kubernetes meeting

The CLARIN Sysops team visited EURAC ‏Research on the 4th and 5th of April 2018 in Bolzano, Italy, in order to exchange experiences on best practices in software deployment and containerization, including the use of, DockerKubernetesand on-premise GitLab installations.

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Tour de CLARIN: Interview with Cora Pots from the University of Leuven

The Tour de CLARIN highlights prominent User Involvement activities of a particular CLARIN national consortium. The last blog from CLARIN DLU/ Flanders is an interview with Cora Pots, a PhD student in the ‘Quantity and quality in linguistics’ project at the University of Leuven. Cora was interviewed via skype by Jakob Lenardič (Assistant to Darja Fišer, Director for User Involvement CLARIN ERIC).

Read the interview

Tour de CLARIN: Czech Republic

The next country in the Tour de CLARIN itinerary is Czech Republic. The first blog post is an introduction to the Czech consortium LINDAT, a founding member of CLARIN ERIC. It is a B-certified centre that involves four Czech research institutions – the Department of Cybernetics at the University of West Bohemia, the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics at Charles University, the Czech Language Institute at the Czech Academy of Science, and the NLP Centre at Masaryk University. The consortium is led by Professor Eva Hajičová.  

Read the introduction


The CLARIN-DK community that is part of the DIGHUMLAB research infrastructure (Digital Humanities Lab Denmark) talks about the CLARIN infrastructure and why it is helpful for researchers and students in the humanities and social sciences.

Watch the video



BigDataSpeech Thematic School 2018
9-12 July, Roscoff, France

The Thematic School BigDataSpeech aims to present a selection of approaches, methods and tools for the automatic processing of speech and language, which may be useful to the linguist working on speech in areas as diverse as phonetics, phonology, speech dialectology, typology, acquisition, language learning, sociophonetics, speech pathologies etc. In particular, the aim is to provide the bases necessary for understanding Bayesian and neuronal methods and their interest in answering scientific questions related to corpus linguistics. Epistemological issues related to these approaches will also be addressed.

Researchers working with speech data, including early career, are encouraged to register for the course.

BigDataSpeech Thematic School 2018 will be held at the Roscoff Biological Station Conference Center CNRS UPMC.

Visit the BigDataSpeech website (in French)


Workshop on wnlex - Wordnets as Lexicographical Resource 
16 July 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The relation between mostly concept-based lexical-semantic networks (wordnets) and lemma-based lexical resources (dictionaries) has been explored so far mainly for wordnet-building purposes, and such projects and related issues are well documented. 
In spite of not being meant to serve lexicographical purposes, Wordnets have become a de facto standard for the drafting of dictionary content. Experiences and related issues have just started to be systematically discussed.

In this workshop, we will define the state of the art in these topics, provide a survey of solved and unsolved issues, and develop discussed an outlook on future work regarding wordnet as a resource in lexicographical workflows.

wnlex - WordNet as Lexicographical Resource is an Euralex2018 pre-conference workshop.

Find out more about the workshop

European Summer School 2018: Applications and sponsorships 
17-27 July 2018, Leipzig, Germany

Applications for a place at the 9th European Summer University in Digital Humanities(ESU 2018) are now being accepted. Read more about applying for a place

CLARIN-D sponsors fellowships for participants of the European Summer School at the University of Leipzig. For more information, visit the CLARIN-D website.

Registration open for DARIAH Code Sprint 
31 Jul - 2 Aug 2018 Berlin, Germany 

You can now register for the DARIAH Code Sprint.

The Code Sprint aims to bring together DH software engineers from all DARIAH members and the community beyond. For this event, you are cordially invited to join DARIAH in Berlin for three days of hacking on one of their four topics.

The first three topics revolve around "Bibliographical metadata: Citations and References". The tracks range from extracting metadata from PDFs onwards to managing bliographical collections by BibSonomy as well as to work on various aspects of visualisation of the generated data. Finally there will be a more infrastructure oriented track on Authentication and Authorisation with the DARIAH AAI.

Open Calls: IEEE eScience 2018 
29 October - 1 November 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The objective of the IEEE eScience Conference is to promote and encourage all aspects of eScience and its associated technologies, applications, and tools.

Call for Workshops & Tutorials, Papers and Abstracts for thematic sessions

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals: ESSLLI 2019 
5-16 Aug 2019, Riga, Latvia

The Call for Course and Workshop Proposals for the 31st European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2019) is now open. The submission deadline for proposals is 15 June 2018.

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).

More information about ESSLLI 2019