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CLARIN Newsflash August 2016

Hungary joins CLARIN ERIC 

We are very pleased to announce that on 1 August 2016 Hungary officially became a member of CLARIN , bringing the total number of full members up to nineteen.

Hungary played a leading role in founding CLARIN as an initiative and played an active part in the preparatory phase. The HUNCLARIN Consortium consists of seven R&D Centres who have been engaged in collaboration in several national and EU funded projects for the past decade. In 2010 HUNCLARIN was awarded the status of strategic research infrastructure in the Hungarian RDI Infrastructure Strategy NEKIFUT

They are currently engaged in building an open toolkit ( designed for non-specialist users (like the Humanities and Social Science researchers CLARIN is targeting) as well as language technology experts and application developers.

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New CLARIN Style

The CLARIN website has recently been upgraded and has been given a new look and feel!

An important aim of these efforts is to provide better usability across devices, including smartphones and tablets, and improved accessibility to visually impaired users. The common look and feel also contributes towards a recognizable CLARIN brand.

The new style was developed in the context of CLARIN-PLUS in conjunction with a human interface guidelines document. This document sets out the basic guidelines for a common look-and-feel for the main CLARIN website, centralized services such as the Virtual Language Observatory and other CLARIN-related websites. The guidelines aim at helping developers working towards a unified user experience in the CLARIN world.

We invite you to visit the CLARIN website and welcome you to report any issues and suggestions via this webform.


Update CLARIN Conference 2016 

We are happy to announce that the outline programme for the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016 is now available online. The programme is preliminary and is still subject to change.

Please view the programme for the most current information.

An overview of the accepted papers will become available on the CLARIN conference webpage in the first full week of September.

CLARIN has made block reservations at various hotels in Aix-en-Provence and rooms are offered against a reduced price. If you have been invited to participate in the conference and would like to benefit from this offer please note that this offer is only valid until 13 September. Therefore please make sure to register before this date.

Updates and announcements 
For programme updates, and announcements about the conference, you can also follow CLARIN on Twitter @CLARINERIC (event tag #CLARIN16). 


CLARIAH Media Studies launches call for research pilots

On 29 August CLARIAH Media Studies hosted an information session on the new research environment it is developing. CLARIAH is a combined project for the CLARIN and DARIAH infrastructure in the Netherlands. Julia Noordegraaf introduced collections, functionalities, user space, and documentation that will be part of the new Media Suite that is currently being developed.

On 5 September CLARIAH will officially launch a call for research pilots. So, keep an eye on the CLARIAH website!


Postponed deadline: Call for CLARIN workshop proposals (2 types) – 2016

The submission deadline for workshop proposals has been postponed until 9 September 2016 (original deadline: 1 September 2016) and is meant for workshops that in principle take place before 1 December 2016.

Members of any of the CLARIN consortia can submit a proposal for workshop funding.  Applications should be submitted on behalf of a team of collaborating representatives from at least three countries that are member or observer of CLARIN .

Read the complete Call for CLARIN workshop proposals


CLARIN-D Paper recognized as ACL 2016 Outstanding Paper 

Joint paper Transition-based dependency parsing with topological fields by Daniël de Kok and Erhard Hinrichs (University of Tübingen) was presented at ACL 2016 in Berlin and was recognized as Outstanding Paper by the ACL 2016 Program Committee. Less than 1% of all ACL 2016 submissions were so recognized. 

The paper reports on parsing research enabled by NLP tools and treebank resources developed in the CLARIN-D Center Tübingen.

CLARIN-IT presents at IDEM Day 2016

During the IDEM Day on 8 June 2016 in Rome, Monica Monachini gave a lecture about CLARIN-IT and its role within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Watch the video of the lecture (in Italian)


CLARINO organizes course at LingPhil Summer School 2016

Koenraad De Smedt and Gunn Inger Samdal (CLARINO) organized a course for the LingPhil Summer School on 29 May - 4 June 2016 in Sommerøya (Norway). The title of the course was: Linguistic data in the digital age. Collection, management, exploration and citation. The PhD students who took the course drew a data management plan relevant for their own research.


From our CLARIN YouTube channel

View the presentation Using forced alignment and HTML5 media syntax to share speech archive data given by John Coleman of the University of Oxford at the event "Exploring Spoken Word Data in Oral History Archives", held at the e-Research Centre, University of Oxford on 18-19 April 2016, organized by Martin Wynne as part of the CLARIN-PLUS project.


Keeleveeb Query 

Although there are several online Estonian dictionaries, both monolingual and bilingual, they are sometimes difficult to find, and their simultaneous use is definitely complicated. The idea behind "keeleveeb" (it translates "language web" in English) is to carry out a query over many language resources — dictionaries and corpora.
Read more about this showcase


CLARIN-PLUS Workshop: "Working with Digital Collections of Newspapers"
19-21 September 2016, Leuven, Belgium

Collections of newspapers in digital form are a rich source of information for researchers in a number of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Numerous archives, datasets and corpora are available, under a variety of access conditions, and via a number of different interfaces. This workshop will aim to examine ways in which online language technology services can help to search, connect, analyse and visualize the language data in newspaper collections.

One of the objectives is to gain a better understanding of the scenarios in which scholarly communities use newspaper data, and to identify opportunities to optimize the way in which the CLARIN infrastructure supports researchers in using newspapers collections as cultural and social data.

This workshop is the second in a series of four, organised as part of the CLARIN-PLUS project in order to demonstrate how the application of language and speech technology tools and services on digital language material can advance humanities and social sciences research in fields other than linguistics.

Read more about the workshop

CLARIN-D presentation at TEI Conference 2016
30 September, Vienna, Austria

Michael Beißwenger, Eric Ehrhardt, Axel Herold, Harald Lüngen, and Angelika Storrer will be giving a presentation during TEI Conference and Members meeting 2016 which takes place from 26-30 September in Vienna, Austria). The topic of this presentation is: Converting and Representing Social Media Corpora into TEI. Schema and best practices from CLARIN-D. The results that will be presented are based on a curation project within CLARIN-D.

Find out more about this presentation


30 August 30 - 1 September, 2017, Berlin, Germany

DCH2017, the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage, is open for contributions that cover technical challenges as well as strategic guidance. Key messages relating to the impact of new technologies and processes on cultural heritage are especially welcome.

The deadline for the Submission of abstracts is 27 March, 2017.

If you would like to read more about this conference, please visit the DCH2017 website.


System Administrator at CLARIN ERIC

CLARIN ERIC is looking to hire a System Administrator / Linux engineer (0.6 - 1 FTE). 

Applications are welcome before 21 September 2016.

Read the full job description

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