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CLARIN Newsflash April 2020

Vacancy at CLARIN ERIC: Member of Board of Directors

As of January 2021 CLARIN ERIC will have an opening for the position of member of the Board of Directors (20% fte) who will work closely together with the other directors. The appointment will be for a term of two years, with the possibility of prolongation for another term of two years.

The deadline for application is 8 June 2020.

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CLARIN aims at supporting COVID-19 related research in the social and political sciences domain. 

One of the CLARIN actions that are currently being prepared is extending the collection of parliamentary data sets with curated collections of recent parliamentary debates about the corona dynamics. The enhanced data can be the basis for comparative research into the ways in which public bodies have responded to the crisis across countries. Additionally, CLARIN will focus on supporting the development of tools for detecting mis- and disinformation to be applied to news sources and social media platforms. The uniqueness of these resources is that they are available in all European languages, allowing a multilingual approach to COVID-19 related research.

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CLARIN2020: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission & Event Format in the Time of Corona

The deadline of the Call for Abstract for the CLARIN Annual Conference has been extended. You still have until 28 April 2020 to submit your abstracts. 

Due to the coronavirus dynamics, global travel patterns will be radically different for a longer period, and flexibility in formats for participation in international events will become the new normal. How precisely this will impact the CLARIN Annual Conference is currently unclear, and whether the conference will take place in Madrid, in a virtual variant, or in a mix of formats will be discussed at a later stage, but a decision is to be expected before the summer break.

Anyhow, irrespective of the conference format, authors considering a submission for CLARIN2020 can be sure that the peer review process will take place as envisaged and that all accepted papers will be published in a similar way as in previous years.

Over the coming months the regular CLARIN communication channels will be used to keep the community informed. This conference page will always provide the latest details. 

Visit the CLARIN2020 conference page


This season CLARIN Ambassadors are unable to meet their fellow researchers, lecturers and students in person in order to raise awareness about and encourage participation in CLARIN ERIC. But very soon (May 2020) we will all be able to meet in the brand new virtual CLARIN Café. The CLARIN Café will be an informal and interactive space where Francesca Frontini (Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier), Maciej Maryl (Polish Academy of Sciences), and Toine Pieters (Utrecht University) will be holding discussions with other experts in the CLARIN community. Keep an eye on the CLARIN Café page for a schedule of topics and dates (coming soon).

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New Chair of Standing Committee for CLARIN Technical Centres

We are pleased to announce that, as of April 2020, Martin Matthiesen has been elected chair of the Standing Committee for CLARIN Technical Centres (SCCTC). He is taking over from Dieter Van Uytvanck, CLARIN ERIC's Technical Director, who chaired the committee since its establishment in 2012. 

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NLP:EL Officially Recognized as CLARIN Knowledge Centre

CLARIN ERIC is proud to announce that the NLP:EL, the CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Natural Language Processing in Greece is officially recognized as a CLARIN K-Centre.

NLP:EL is created, operated and maintained by researchers and academics active in the fields of Language Technology and Language Resources. Aiming to provide to all interested parties useful information and educational material (relevant publications, manuals and video tutorials of NLP tools), a dedicated helpdesk and guidance for the findability, accessibility and use of language processing tools and web services. 

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CLARIN Resource Families: Part-of-speech Taggers and Lemmatizers

The CLARIN Resource Families initiative provides a user-friendly overview of the available language resources in the CLARIN infrastructure for researchers from digital humanities, social sciences and human language technologies. 

This month CLARIN highlights the overview of part-of-speech taggers and lemmatizers. The CLARIN infrastructure offers 65 tools for part-of-speech tagging or lemmatization for over 50 languages.

Part-of-speech tagging is the automatic text annotation process in which words or tokens are assigned part of speech tags, which typically correspond to the main syntactic categories in a language (e.g., noun, verb) and often to subtypes of a particular syntactic category which are distinguished by morphosyntactic features (e.g., number, tense). Lemmatization is the process by which inflected forms of a lexeme are grouped together under a base dictionary form. Part-of-speech tagging and lemmatization are crucial steps of linguistic pre-processing. 

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CLARIN Funding for Virtual Events

As the COVID-19 dynamics are preventing the CLARIN community to conduct face-to-face activities, we warmly invite funding proposals for the preparation of virtual events and other creative formats that could contribute to the continued outreach to communities of use. 

The normal application guidelines are temporarily suspended. Instead, we ask applicants to convincingly summarize their plans in a format of their choice. If you have any questions about how to prepare your proposal, please do not hesitate to clarin [at] (get in touch).

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Two Funding Calls for CLARIN Training Initiatives

CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce two calls for CLARIN Training Initiatives:

The first call is soliciting proposals for the CLARIN Training Suite, the aim of which is to build a collection of training materials, that can be reused and adapted by lecturers in the CLARIN network in both formal as well as informal educational settings. Read the full CLARIN Training Suite funding call 

The second call is soliciting applications for participation in the CLARIN Trainer Network programme. The CLARIN Trainer Network is a group of experts, who carry out training events at prominent summer schools, conferences, COST Actions, etc. in disciplines and communities relevant for CLARIN. Read the full funding call for the CLARIN Trainer Network programme 


Tour de CLARIN: The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise
Blog post written by Henk van den Heuvel

The K-Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE for short) is run by the Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST) at Radboud University. The mission of ACE is to support researchers engaged in investigating what can be characterised as atypical communication, an umbrella term used here to denote language use by second language learners, people with language disorders or those suffering from language disabilities, but also languages that pose particularly difficult issues for analysis, such as sign languages and languages spoken in a multilingual context. 

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Sara Tonelli, Building Tools and Datasets to Detect Online Hate Speech

In this online seminar Sara Tonelli (‘Digital Humanities’ Research Group Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento) presents an overview of best practices and open issues in the creation of tools and datasets to study online hate speech. 

The seminar, held on 8 April 2020, was jointly organized by the center of digital and public humanities at Ca’ Foscari — VEDPH — and by ILC and CLARIN-IT.  

Watch the video on YouTube 

3rd SSHOC Webinar: Quanlify with Ease: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Corpus Analysis

During the 3rd SSHOC webinar Quanlify with ease: Combining quantitative and qualitative corpus analysis, held on 16 April 2020, Andreas Blätte, professor of Public Policy and Regional Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen discussed the idea and the implementation of “quanlify”, a framework currently under development in the PolMine Project, implemented in the statistical programming language R. 

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OH-Portal: Questions & Answer Sessions

All participants that attended the “CLARIN Hands-on Tutorial on Transcribing Interview Data” webinar, as well as all others  who watched the recording of the webinar, are invited to join one or more of the four weekly Q&A sessions entitled OH-Portal: Questions & Answers Sessions. During the Q&A, the lecturers will try to answer questions and help solve problems encountered by the participants while using the presented approaches and tools with their own data.

The Q&A sessions are organized as a follow-up to the successful SSHOC webinar organized by CLARIN on 3 March 2020. In this webinar, Henk van den Heuvel (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Christoph Draxler (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich) discussed the challenges associated with transcribing spoken data, and demonstrated the workflow of the process of machine-assisted interview transcription.

The first Q&A session will take place on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

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ParlaCLARIN II goes Virtual

The 2020 ParlaCLARIN workshop was initially scheduled to be held in Marseille (France), as part of LREC2020. As the LREC conference is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ParlaCLARIN II workshop will take place in a virtual form on 11 May 2020. 

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European Summer School in Digital Humanities
Postponed to 2021 (3-13 August 2021)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the 11th European Summer University in Digital Humanities "Culture & Technology" that was scheduled from 28 July to 7  August 2020 at the University of Leipzig is postponed to 2021 (3 to 13 August 2021).

The summer school at the University of Leipzig is directed at an international audience. The school offers a range of parallel weeklong workshops on important areas of Digital Humanities to students in their final years, (post) graduates, doctoral students, postdocs, teachers, librarians and technical assistants from all over Europe and beyond, who are or wish to be involved in the theoretical, experimental or practical application of computational methods in the various areas of the Humanities, in libraries and archives.

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32nd Edition of ESSLLI Postponed to 2021

The 32nd edition of the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2020) that was originally planned for 2020 in Utrecht, has been postponed to 2-13 August 2021 due to the Corona pandemic (COVID-19).

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Second Call for Papers: MWE-LEX 2020
13 December 2020, Barcelona, Spain 

The call for papers for the Joint Workshop on Multiword Expressions and Electronic Lexicons (MWE-LEX 2020) is still open. The workshop addresses multiword expressions and (electronic) lexicons, with partly overlapping communities and research interests, but with divergent practices and terminologies.

The deadline for paper submission is 20 September 2020.

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PhD Position (0.8 – 1 fte) in Machine Learning for the Measurement of Demographic Intentions 
NIDI-KNAW - The Hague, The Netherlands

The candidate will write a PhD dissertation based on a set of research articles publishable in international refereed journals. He/she will participate in meetings of the NIDI Theme Group Families & Generations, and other relevant research groups. 

The PhD project will be part of the newly funded project “Using machine learning to improve the measurement of the European fertility gap”. The overall aims of the project are to bring a new multidisciplinary tool to demographic research, and to improve the conventional survey approach to the measurement of demographic behavior.

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Computational Linguist at the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources 
North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), in conjunction with the North-West University (NWU), is offering a position for a Computational Linguist.  

This position is crucial for research and development in Digital Humanities (DH) and Human Language Technology (HLT) that form the essence of SADiLaR, which is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). This Centre operates as a new research entity hosted by the North-West University and initiates and co-ordinates dedicated projects executed by the centre itself, as well as by the nodes comprising of the University of Pretoria, the University of South Africa, the CSIR, CTexT, as well as a partnership (ICELDA) of four South African Universities.

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