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CLARIN Newsflash April 2024


ORTOLANG Gains B-Centre Certification

We are pleased to announce that ORTOLANG, a platform for linguistic tools and resources for the French language, has received its first B-centre certification. 

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

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New CLARIN K-Centre: Croatina

We are proud to present Croatina, a new Knowledge Centre for Croatian language. Croatina provides relevant knowledge about the Croatian language and promotes the use of language technologies for Croatian. Experts at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Institute of Croatian Language at the University of Zagreb offer knowledge on various fields of linguistics, as well as a wide range of topics related to the Croatian language. The help desk provides information and advice about building and depositing language resources, as well as assisting with access to data and tools. 

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CLARIN Workshops at LREC-COLING 2024 - Programme Available
20 & 21 May 2024, Torino, Italy

We are pleased to announce the keynote of the ParlaCLARIN IV Workshop at LREC-COLING 2024: Ines Rehbein from the Data and Web Science Group of the University of Mannheim will give a talk entitled ‘Resources and Methods for Analysing Political Rhetoric and Framing in Parliamentary Debates’, focusing on modelling populist rhetoric in text and pragmatic framing in political debates. The full workshop programme is now available on the CLARIN website.


The HTRes Workshop (Holocaust Testimonies as Language Resources) will be held the following day. The event is jointly organised by CLARIN and EHRI, featuring keynotes from both infrastructures: Silvia Calamai (CLARIN) and Michal Frankl (EHRI).

HTRes Workshop

25 May 2024, Torino, Italy, and Online

The third Ukrainian Natural Language Processing Workshop (UNLP 2024), held in conjunction with LREC-COLING 2024, will feature three keynote speakers, including the UkrNLP-Corpora K-centre co-founders Vasyl Starko and Andriy Rysin. The full programme is available on the workshop page.

Registration for remote participation of scholars based in Ukraine is free.

Regular registration



ParlaSpeech – New Spoken Resources for Croatian, Serbian, Polish, and Czech

We are delighted to share the release of the ParlaSpeech text and speech corpora in Croatian (3,061 hours of speech), Serbian (896 hours) and Polish (1,010 hours), with Czech (1,221 hours) to follow soon! The corpora, developed in the flagship ParlaMint project, allow researchers to explore speech patterns in parliamentary debates both through transcripts and audio recordings on the CLARIN.SI concordancers. As the largest openly available speech corpora for these languages, they are also a great resource for the development of automatic speech recognition (ASR), text-to-speech and other speech technologies. The corpora are also available as Hugging Face Datasets, and have already been used to train the first openly available ASR model for Croatian.

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DELAD Speech Disorders Corpora Survey

The DELAD steering group is surveying the research community to collect information about existing corpora of speech disorders in order to compile them into a CLARIN Resource Family. If you have developed such a corpus and would like to make it findable via the CLARIN research infrastructure, please fill in the DELAD questionnaire.

Deadline: 6 May 2024

If you have questions about the questionnaire, please contact klessa [at] (klessa[at]amu[dot]edu[dot]pl) or satu.saalasti [at] (satu[dot]saalasti[at]uef[dot]fi).

Link to questionnaire

Microtask Crowdsourcing Platforms Survey

The Multimodality Research Group at the University of Helsinki would like to interview researchers who have used microtask crowdsourcing platforms (e.g. Amazon Mechanical Turk) for academic research. The aim is to improve understanding of how crowdsourcing platforms are used for academic research and the challenges and opportunities they present for different fields of research.

Particular focus areas include the role of platforms, relationships between requesters and workers, and the future of microtask crowdsourcing in the age of large language models. Best practices for microtask crowdsourcing as a part of academic research, and how to regulate and reform crowdsourcing platforms are also of interest.

Researchers with experience of crowdsourcing platforms (regardless of duration or frequency of use) are warmly encouraged to contact laura.savolainen [at] (laura[dot]savolainen[at]helsinki[dot]fi) or rosa.suviranta [at] (rosa[dot]suviranta[at]helsinki[dot]fi).

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Launch of Trainers’ Network

We are pleased to announce the launch of the CLARIN Trainers’ Network. The network consists of a community of experts and trainers affiliated with CLARIN centres and national consortia, who deliver training activities such as online webinars and in-person workshops at international summer schools, conferences, and COST Actions, in disciplines and communities including linguistics, digital humanities, language technologies and social sciences. If you are interested in inviting a CLARIN trainer to give a guest lecture or organise a workshop at a national or international event, please email training [at] (training[at]clarin[dot]eu). We warmly encourage applications from interested trainers via the Open Call for Participation in the CLARIN Training Network Programme.

Visit the Trainers' Network

The 6th Baltic Summer School Of Digital Humanities
22 - 26 July 2024, Riga, Latvia, and online

The Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities features essential introductory courses tailored to digital humanists and digital social scientists eager to master Python programming and explore the application of Large Language Models in humanities research. The summer school is a joint effort of the National Library of Latvia and other local institutes, and is supported by CLARIN-LV and CLARIN .

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ESSAI & ACAI Summer School
15 - 26 July, Athens, Greece

We are pleased to announce that the course ‘The Legislation Game: Introduction to Legal Issues in Artificial Intelligence and Large Language Models’, developed by Pawel Kamocki, chair of the CLARIN Legal and Ethical Issues Committee (CLIC), has been accepted at the ESSAI & ACAI 2024 Summer School.

The course will introduce participants to the dynamic legal discourse surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing on Large Language Models (LLM). Participants will discover how legal frameworks such as IP, Data Protection or Civil Liability (Tort Law) are affected by technological developments, and to what extent AI and LLMs are already regulated by law. Recent developments in EU law, such as the Data Act and the Artificial Intelligence Act, will be in focus. The course is intended for people with no background in law.

Featuring distinguished lecturers and an exceptional programme, specifically tailored to MA and PhD students, the ESSAI & ACAI Summer School is a premier event that we strongly recommend attending. Registration opens soon.

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1st UniDive Training Summer School 2024
8 - 12 July 2024, Chișinău, Moldova

The 1st edition of the UNIDIVE Summer School on Universality, Diversity and Idiosyncrasy in Language Technology is dedicated mainly (but not exclusively) to young researchers and investigators working on low-resourced languages, dialects and varieties. Applicants are invited to submit a project involving the construction of a resource.

The Summer School is organised in the context of COST Action CA21167 - Universality, Diversity, and Idiosyncrasy in Language Technology (UniDive). This initiative, which involves several experts from the CLARIN network, is dedicated to advancing language technology through the development of resources and tools, while promoting linguistic diversity in conjunction with technological progress. 

Application deadline: 29 April 2024

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OSCARS ‘Ask me Anything’ Online Session
9 May 2024, 14:00 CEST, Online

The OSCARS project is organising ‘Ask me anything’ sessions to answer questions on the Open Call for Open Science Projects & Services (deadline 15 May)! Join the session for SSH researchers on May 9. Registration is mandatory.

Register here

SRIA 2.0 Community Consultation

A new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) will become the basis for the development of in the future. With this online community consultation on the outline of EOSC SRIA 2.0, the Board of Directors of the EOSC Association would like to receive input from the EOSC community before writing the actual SRIA.

Responses will be collected until 5 May 2024.

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DARIAH Annual Event 2024
18 - 21 June 2024, Lisbon, Portugal

Registration is now open for the DARIAH Annual Event 2024, which will explore the topic of ‘Workflows’ in the context of arts and humanities research from a technical, methodological, infrastructural and conceptual point of view.

CLARIN will be present at the event with the workshop ‘Emerging Job Profiles for DH Graduates: Bridging Gaps between Industry & Education’ (18 June) and the ‘DH Course Working Group Meeting’ (19 June), which is open to both national coordinators and course contributors.

Registration deadline: 4 June 2024

Register here

Call for Papers for CLiC-it 2024
4 - 6 December 2024, Pisa, Italy

CLARIN-IT is pleased to announce the call for papers for CLiC-it 2024 - 10th edition of the Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics. Contributions focused on all languages - and, in particular, on Italian - are welcome. Detailed information on the event will soon be available on the conference website.

Submission deadline: 15 July 2024

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Language Technologies & Digital Humanities Conference 2024
19 - 20 September 2024, Ljubljana, Slovenia

CLARIN.SI is proud to announce its role in co-organising the biennial conference ‘Language Technologies and Digital Humanities’, focusing on speech technologies, digital linguistics, and digital humanities in their widest scope. Two pre-conference events will focus on the CLASSLA Knowledge Centre for South Slavic Languages and the use of the CLARIN.SI concordancers. The conference also features a dedicated student section, with a best paper award.

Submission deadline: 17 May 2024

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Call for Papers: International CLaDA-BG Conference 2024
26 - 28 June 2024, Sofia, Bulgaria

The conference aims to bring together developers, linguists, digital humanitarians, scholars, and all parties interested in knowledge modelling and linking data for research.

CLaDA-BG is the Bulgarian national research infrastructure for resources and technologies for linguistic, cultural and historical heritage, integrated within CLARIN and DARIAH.

Submission deadline: 28 April 2024

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CCLS 2024
13 - 14 June 2024, Vienna, Austria and Online

The programme for the third Annual Conference of Computational Literary Studies has been published and registration is now open. The conference brings together scholars interested in computational methods for the analysis of literary texts and their contexts, be they cultural, social, historical, or performative. The local organiser is the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which is part of CLARIAH-AT. Online attendance is free for all participants.

Registration deadline: 20 May 2024

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Job Opening: DARIAH Director

The Board of Directors is the executive body of the DARIAH ERIC and its legal representative. It is composed of three members, each working on a part-time basis (0,5 FTE). DARIAH is looking to appoint a new member of the Board of Directors from 1 September 2024, who will work closely with the two other existing members.

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

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Professor of Language Technology - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The Department of Swedish, Multilingualism, Language Technology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is inviting applications for the position of Professor of Language Technology. Main duties will include leading and developing research, education, and outreach in the field of language technology at the department, in particular within its Språkbanken Text group.

Proficiency in Swedish or another Scandinavian language is required.

Application deadline: 6 May 2024

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University Lecturer in Humanities Data Science/Computational Humanities - University of Helsinki, Finland

The Department of Digital Humanities at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the permanent position of University Lecturer in Humanities Data Science/Computational Humanities, starting 1 September 2024.

The position relates to the application of computational and/or statistical methods in the humanities, with possible application areas including area studies, cognitive science, linguistics, history, phonetics and literature. 

Application deadline: 25 April 2024

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Postdoctoral Researcher in NLP - University of Vienna, Austria

The research group Data Mining and Machine Learning at the University of Vienna is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing. The range of possible topics includes analysis, explainability and interpretability of LLMs; linguistic capabilities of LLMs; extraction of structured information from text; linking knowledge graphs and language; weak supervision of natural language processing models; and multimodal and multilingual deep learning.

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

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Fully Funded PhD Student Position - University of Tartu, Estonia

An interdisciplinary team of researchers is looking for a PhD student to work on a research project on industrial modernity and Deep Transitions at the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The PhD study (four years) will focus on the identification of long-term trends in industrial modernity in a comparative-historical perspective, combining the text mining of digitised newspapers with existing databases.

Application deadline: 15 May 2024

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CLARIN Behind the Scenes: Peter Wittenburg

In our new series ‘Behind the Scenes’, we introduce the people who work for and use our infrastructure. In the series, we feature pioneers, researchers, ambassadors, committee chairs, PhD students, and more. First in our series is Peter Wittenburg, one of CLARIN’s ‘founding fathers’.