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CLARIN Newsflash April 2021

CLARIN Annual Conference 2021 Goes Virtual

Due to the corona dynamics the 2021 edition of the CLARIN Annual Conference (CLARIN2021) will once again go virtual. Based on the experience and feedback of 2020, this virtual edition will aim to provide all attendants with an attractive virtual event and optimal interaction opportunities. We are counting on the support of the participants in turning the event into a success despite the format shift. Closer to the date we will be able to offer more details on the programme and the registration procedure.

Visit the conference page for more information


Registration Open for CLARIN Café on Linguistic Linked Data

The CLARIN Café on Linguistic Linked Data will be devoted to the role played by Linguistic Linked Data (LLD) in the CLARIN Infrastructure. Four presenters will share their view  on how the LLD approach can be used to improve the interoperability between the (many) resources stored in CLARIN. 

The café takes place in virtual form on 29 April from 14:00 till 16:00 (CEST). 

Learn more about the café and register


Tour de CLARIN: CLARIN B-centre ARCHE (A Resource Centre for the HumanitiEs)
Blog post written by Martina Trognitz (ACDH-CH)

The CLARIN B-centre ARCHE (A Resource Centre for the HumanitiEs) is central to the  Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH) mission of fostering the change towards the digital paradigm in the humanities. 

Learn more about the CLARIN B-centre in the blog post Tour de CLARIN: A CLARIN B-centre in Vienna: The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage with ARCHE.

Read more about Tour de CLARIN


CLARIN Resource Families: Reference Corpora

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 reference corpora. According to the linguist Geoffrey Leech (2002), a "reference corpus is designed to provide comprehensive information about the language […] It has to be a general corpus of wide coverage of the language, and hopefully it will be treated by its user community as some kind of “standard” for the language." Reference corpora thus contrasts with specialised corpus families (e.g., parliamentary corpora, CMC-corpora) in that they are comprehensive with respect to genre inclusion, typically sampling a diverse set of primarily written genres. 

The CLARIN infrastructure offers access to 30 reference corpora for 21 languages.

See the overview

Report – SEMAF: A Proposal for a Flexible Semantic Mapping Framework

Over the past 10 months CLARIN has been coordinating SEMAF – an co-creation project aimed at a study for a flexible framework, to create, document and publish semantic mappings and cross-walks that link different semantic artefacts within and across scientific communities. The study was conducted by a broad task force of experts and also draws on 25 interviews with community experts. The SEMAF final report provides an analysis of current practices, a set of requirements for the new flexible framework and a proposal for a follow-up implementation project. CLARIN will investigate the opportunities for obtaining funding for next steps and will contribute to further follow-up activities.

Read the full report on Zenedo


Introducing the ‘EuropeanaTech x AI’ webinar series

The EuropeanaTech Community and Europeana Foundation introduce a new webinar series to explore the opportunities and challenges of working with Artificial Intelligence in the cultural heritage and arts sector. 

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The CIRCSE Resources for Latin in CLARIN-IT

"What about the elaboration of the Latin texts by Thomas Aquinas with computers?". This question, addressed by Father Roberto Busa (S. J.) to T. J. Watson (IBM CEO) in 1949, marked the beginning of the history of literary computing and the placement of Latin in the forefront of the discipline. Father Busa's legacy is carried on by the CIRCSE Research Center in Milan, through the construction of resources in Latin, within the ERC project "LiLa". Such resources, now available in a dedicated collection of the ILC4CLARIN repository include: the largest Latin treebank; derivational, valency and polarity lexica; annotated data for lemmatizers and PoS taggers; etymological dictionaries; a large collection of Latin lemmas in LLOD. Read more



Recap on the CLARIN Café on the Rights of Data Subjects in Language Resources

The CLARIN Café, titled “CLARIN Café on the Rights of Data Subjects in Language Resources”, took place via Zoom on 30 March 2021 and was organized as a joint collaboration between CLARIN  and the project TRIPLE. The café was devoted specifically to the rights of data subjects under the GDPR. It was attended by 50 participants, including language researchers and legal experts from both CLARIN institutions and the private sector. 

Read the blog post 



CLARIN2020: Research Cases

Watch the moderator-led papers session on "Research Cases''​ chaired by Mietta Lennes and Petya Osenova. This session took place on 5 October 2020 during the first virtual conference day of CLARIN2020. For more detailed information visit the CLARIN2020 programme page and Book of Abstracts





EGI-ACE Call For Use Cases Is Now Open

EGI-ACE has opened a call for use cases and invites international researchers, research projects, communities and infrastructures, as well as national research groups to apply. With this call the project offers access to infrastructure and platform services, dedicated user support and training. The services, support and training are sponsored by the European Commission and various national funding agencies and are free to access for the use cases that will be selected through the call.  

The call targets international researchers, research projects, communities and infrastructures, as well as national research groups.

The call will be open throughout 2021 and 2022. There are cut-off dates with 2-monthly frequency, each followed by the evaluation of the applications that were submitted up to that date.

The next cut-off date is 15 April 2021.

Read the full call



Registration Open for Triple ThatCamp #1
11 May 2021, 9:30 - 17:00, Virtual event

Registration for TRIPLE’s first ThatCamp “Discovering Discovery: envision your ideal ecosystem for exploring research resources” is open. Over the course of the project (2019-2023), TRIPLE will host three ThatCamp events, bringing together people who have an interest in Open Science in the social sciences and humanities.

The TRIPLE ThatCamp #1 is an interdisciplinary forum to share concepts, strategies and resources for discovering research and getting research discovered. 

Learn more about the event and register


Lancaster Symposium on Innovation in Corpus Linguistics 2021 
23 June 2021, 12.30pm – 4.30pm (UK time), Virtual event 

The Lancaster Symposium on Innovation in Corpus Linguistics 2021 will take place online via MS Teams and is free to attend. The symposium is organised by the ESRC Centre For Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, UK.
Read more and register


Call for Papers MWE 2021 - Extended Deadline 
5-6 August 2021, Bangkok, Thailand 

The call for papers for Multiword Expressions (MWE 2021) is extended to 26 April 2021. The special focus for this 17th edition of the workshop is on MWE processing in end-user applications. One goal of this workshop is to bring together and encourage researchers in various subfields to submit MWE-related research.

Read the full call for papers


Call for Course and Workshop Proposals - ESSLI 2022 
8-19 August, 2022, Galway, Ireland

Under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language, and Information (FoLLI), the European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) runs every year in a different country, in 2022 the school will be held at the National University of Ireland Galway. 

The summer school hosts approximately 50 different courses at both introductory and advanced levels, and attracts around 400 participants from all over the world. The main focus of ESSLLI is the interface between linguistics, logic and computation, with special emphasis in human linguistic and cognitive ability. 

The deadline for course title submissions for ESSLI 2022 is 15 June 2021.

Read the full call for proposals

Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals RANLP-2021
1-7 September 2021, Varna, Bulgaria, Virtual event 

For the main conference that takes place from 1 to 3 September 2021, RANLP-2021 invites submission for papers reporting recent advances in all aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP). The deadline for paper submissions is 15 May 2021. Read the full call

RANLP-2021 also invites workshop proposals on any topic of interest to the Natural Language Processing (NLP) community, ranging from fundamental research issues to more applied industrial or commercial aspects. Workshops take place on 6 and 7 September. Each accepted workshop will receive one free registration to RANLP-2021. The deadline for submission of workshop proposals is 1 May 2021. Read the full call

Read more about RANLP-2021 


Open Position for Early Stage Researcher/PhD  for the NL4XAI project
Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

The Natural Language Processing group at Utrecht University’s Information and Computing Sciences department is looking for a junior researcher who wants to take up a PhD position to develop algorithms for explaining the meaning of logical formulas in ordinary language.

The deadline for applications is 4 June 2021.

Read the full job description


Open Position for University Professorship for Computational Humanities
Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy and the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (CAIDAS), has a vacancy for a University Professorship for Computational Humanities.

The deadline for applications is 10 May 2021.

Read the full job description