CLARIN Newsflash April 2019

Meet the CLARIN Ambassadors

We are happy to announce the launch of the CLARIN Ambassadors Programme. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness about and encourage participation in CLARIN in disciplines and communities that are not yet fully integrated in CLARIN. The CLARIN Ambassadors programme started in April 2019 with a first round of Ambassador appointments. In consultation with the national coordinators and representatives of the User Involvement Committee three experts have been selected to take up the role of CLARIN Ambassador: Francesca Frontini, Maciej Maryl, and Toine Pieters. They cover diverse areas such as literary studies, corpus linguistics and lexicography, and cultural history.

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CLARIN federated content search 2.0 released

The CLARIN federated content search, CLARIN- 2.0, has been released. This is a new major release, that brings groundbreaking new features and capabilities to the linguistic search of corpora.

The goal of CLARIN-FCS is to introduce an interface specification that makes it possible to search different repositories of text within a unified framework by decoupling the search engine functionality from its exploitation and to allow services to access heterogeneous search engines in a uniform way.

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Re-assessment of two German centres successfully concluded

We are pleased to announce that the IDS Mannheim in Mannheim and the Eberhard Karls UniversitĂ€t TĂŒbingen have been assessed again according to the current criteria and are re-certified as CLARIN B-centres.

CLARIN ERIC congratulates the centres and thanks all persons involved, in particular those responsible at the B-centres and the members of the assessment committee.

Tour de CLARIN

In the past two months Tour de CLARIN has been visiting Italy. The Italian CLARIN consortium, CLARIN-IT, has been a member of CLARIN ERIC since October 2015. The tour included five blog posts: the introduction, description of a software tool (LexO: Where Lexicography Meets the Semantic Web), a resource (MERLIN - A Written Learner Corpus for Czech, German, and Italian), an event (Roadshow Seminars) and an Interview with Beatrice Nava.

In April, Tour de CLARIN also paid a visit to the CLARIN Knowledge Centre for the Languages of Sweden: SWELANG, an information service offering advice on the use of digital language resources and tools for Swedish and other languages spoken in Sweden, as well as other parts of the intangible cultural heritage of Sweden. The centre is based at the Language Council of Sweden (Stockholm) and is run in cooperation with the other sections of the Institute of Language and Folklore (ISOF) in Uppsala and Gothenburg.

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‘STAY TUNED TO THE FUTURE. Impact of the research infrastructures for social sciences and humanities.’

In January 2018, the Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation took the initiative to organize a conference on impact of research infrastructures, held in Bologna, at the Foundation for Religious Studies. The proceedings of the conference: STAY TUNED TO THE FUTURE. Impact of the research infrastructures for social sciences and humanities were published early April 2019.

The background for the conference was the understanding of the importance of being able to assess the value of research infrastructures, not only for research, but also for society at large. But currently there is no unified framework for the impact assessment of investment in research infrastructures.

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Search written and spoken Dutch with OpenSoNaR

On Tuesday 9 April 2019, the Institute for the Dutch Language launched a new version of the OpenSoNaR web application, which allows you to search in large quantities of written and spoken Dutch. The application provides access to data from the SoNaR Corpus, a collection of written texts of more than 500 million words, and the Corpus Gesproken Nederlands (CGN), a collection of 900 hours of Dutch speech.

The new web application makes it possible to search the data of the two corpora. The texts are provided with additional linguistic information such as part of speech and lemma, and the sound fragments of the Corpus Gesproken Nederlands can be played. In the application you can easily search for a word, or do a more complex search by selecting a specific annotation or by using regular expressions. It is also possible to save the search results, consult the search history and view frequency lists.

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Successful start to CLARIAH-DE

Starting March 1, 2019, the two research infrastructure networks CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE have begun their cooperation in CLARIAH-DE. In this joint project, the two established research infrastructures will merge over the course of two years (2019-2021).  The joint infrastructure will facilitate the academic endeavours of researchers from the Humanities and Cultural Sciences who work with complex digital tools and special data repositories. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium fĂŒr Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and aims to make a significant contribution to the further development of the national research infrastructures. 

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EOSC Early Adopter Programme is open

The European Open Science Cloud ( ) Early Adopter Programme is now open. Researchers are invited to apply to take advantage of the benefits of EOSC.

The EOSC Early Adopter Programme is oriented to communities whose research activities have complex digital needs involving multiple, different technologies, and benefiting from access to state-of-the-art technologies, research infrastructures and services that are not available in their current research environment.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to gain insight into researchers’ needs and with their participation drive the future developments of the EOSC.

Read more about the programme and how to apply


CLARIN and Europeana make discovery and processing quick and easy for 135,000 cultural heritage objects
Blog post by Twan Goosen (Software developer, CLARIN ERIC)

In 2017, CLARIN carried out a pilot exploring the possibilities of integrating Europeana Collections’ material into its infrastructure and thus opening up new possibilities for the discovery and linguistic processing of textual cultural heritage content for a social sciences and humanities research audience. This integration is now entering a new stage, offering improved quality and increased processing potential.

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CLARIN Mobility Grant visits 

CLARIN Mobility Grants help researchers and developers to fund short visits (typical duration: one week) between representatives of CLARIN sites to collaborate on building and using the CLARIN infrastructure. Read the blog posts written by Wilbert Heeringa (Fryske AkademyCenter for Groningen Language & Culture ) and Jan Wieczorek (CLARIN-PL) who both received a CLARIN Mobility Grant:



The relevance of the interoperability of second language resources and tools
Interview with Elena Volodina during CLARIN2018 in Pisa

Language learning based on learner corpora is an increasingly active area of research in CLARIN centres and beyond. Elena Volodina (SprĂ„kbanken, Swe-Clarin, University of Gothenburg) explains the relevance of the interoperability of second language resources and tools.

Watch the interview



Launch new Digital Modern Languages seminar series
21 May 2019, London, United Kingdom

Digital Modern Languages is pleased to announce a new Digital Modern Languages seminar series, bringing together research and teaching in Modern Languages which engages with digital culture, media and technologies. The series is aimed at raising the visibility of digital research and teaching in Modern Languages in the UK, and will include speakers who represent a diverse range of areas of study and languages of specialism.

The series will be launched on Tuesday 21 May 2019 with a seminar on ‘Points of Intersection: Digital Modern Languages’ by Professor Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool). The seminar will take place at Bush House at King’s College London between 6 to 8pm, and includes a drinks reception. Attendance is free of charge but please registerin advance.

Read more about the launch and the series 


Invitation to participate in the DH2019 conference
9-12 July 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht University is happy to welcome you to the DH2019 Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands!

The Digital Humanities (DH) Conference is the annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations and attracts participants who apply digital and computational techniques to humanities research and social sciences.

The DH2019-conference will be held at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The pre-conference workshops will be on Monday 8 July and Tuesday 9 July. With over 900 submitted abstracts, this might become the biggest DH-conference so far!

During the conference participants will present their newest research and the applications of their work. DH2019 is therefore a unique opportunity to find inspiration, to learn what is already possible, to take a look into the future and discover what is on the verge of breaking through, and to meet representatives of the communities involved.

On the conference website you can find more information about the programme, the co-located workshops, keynote speakers, accommodation and travel information. You can register here

Call for Papers: Copyright and Humanities Research: A Global Perspective 
8 July 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

You are invited to submit proposals for contributions to the DH2019 pre-conference workshop “Copyright and Humanities Research: A Global Perspective”, which will take place on 8 July 2019 at the DH2019 conference at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

This workshop is a joint effort of the DARIAH working group ELDAH (Ethics and Legality in Digital Arts and Humanities) and the CLARIN Legal and Ethical Issues Committee (CLIC).

Read the full Call for Papers


Call for Papers: Materia on the Move
8 July, 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The call for papers for the workshop ‘Materia on the Move: Trade & Colonisation of Collections - Digital Studies in Provenance’ is open. This workshop is collocated with the DH2019 conference (9-12 July 2019) and aims to bring together researchers from various humanities disciplines, such as history, ethnography and archaeology, with the established guardians of collections, namely researchers in archival, library, museum studies and information science professionals and stakeholders to present and discuss approaches in tracing and documenting provenance, be it geographical or cultural and ideological.

The deadline for submissions is 5 May 2019.

Read the full Call for Papers

 Workshop on eLexicography at DH2019 
9 July 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

ELEXIS is co-organizing the workshop "eLexicography between Digital Humanities and Artificial Intelligence: Complexities in Data, Technologies, Communities" together with the EU Project PrĂȘt-Ă -LLOD. The workshop is co-located with the DH2019 conference (9-12 July 2019). The proposed event will be the second iteration of a first highly successful workshop that took place at EADH Conference in Galway (December 2018).

This time the workshop will put special emphasis on complexity in respect of data and technologies, and oncommunity aspects of lexicography.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019 in any language (including an English translation of the title for reviewing purposes).

Read the full Call for Papers

 5th Learner Corpus Conference (LRC2019)
12 -14 September, Warsaw, Poland

Registration for the 5th Learner Corpus Conference is now open.The conference brings together researchers, software developers and language teachers with a common interest in the use of learner corpora for research on second language acquisition, as well as for the enhancement of language pedagogy and language assessment.

The conference will be preceded by two half-day invited workshops on 11 September.

On of the these workshops is the CLARIN Workshop: Transc&Anno: A Graphical Tool for the Transcription and On-the-Fly Annotation of Handwritten Documents. Read more

More information about LRC2019


CLARIN is looking for a System and Software Engineer

CLARIN is a European research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, especially in the humanities and social sciences, through single sign-on access. CLARIN offers long-term solutions and technology services for deploying, connecting, analyzing and sustaining digital language data and tools. CLARIN supports scholars who want to engage in cutting edge data-driven research, contributing to a truly multilingual European Research Area.

To further the construction and integration of its technology components, CLARIN is looking for a System and Software Engineer (0.6 - 1 FTE).

The application deadline is 29 May 2019.

Read the full job description

Researcher/Computational Linguist
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Berlin, Germany

BBAW is searching for a Researcher/Computational Linguist (100%) for the BMBF-funded project "ZDL (Centre for Digital Lexicography of the German Language)".

The BBAW is a learned society with a three-hundred-year-old tradition of uniting outstanding scholars and scientists across national and disciplinary boundaries. As the largest non-university research institute for the humanities in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, it preserves and reveals the region’s cultural inheritance, while also pursuing research and offering advice on issues that are crucial for the future of society and providing a forum for dialogue between scholarship and the public.

The application deadline is 26 April 2019.

Read the official job announcement (in German)