CLARIN Newsflash August 2018

Success Story CLARIN-PLUS: Expanding Horizons in Digital Humanities Research

The European Commission has recently featured an interview with the CLARIN ERIC Executive Director, Franciska de Jong in its 'Success stories'. The focus of the interview was on the CLARIN-PLUS project that ran from September 2015 to December 2017, under the European Commission Horizon 2020 funding scheme. It was coordinated by CLARIN ERIC and carried out with three more partners: the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, the University of Copenhagen  and Charles University. The project aim was to consolidate and strengthen the CLARIN infrastructure in the following areas: the central technical hub and central office, partnerships with other infrastructures, outreach and governance. 

You can read the Success story about the CLARIN-PLUS project here.


Call for CLARIN Mobility Grants Still Open!

Applications are invited from researchers and developers for the funding of short visits (with a typical duration of one week) between representatives of CLARIN sites to collaborate on building and using the CLARIN infrastructure.

The mobility grants are designed to promote sharing of expertise between CLARIN centres and countries; integration of resources, tools, services and centres in European countries not currently in the CLARIN ERIC; and collaboration between CLARIN developers and researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

For more information visit the CLARIN Mobility Grants page where you can also read blog posts by some of the grants recipients.   


Open Call for CLARIN User Involvement Events

As of February 2018 a budget of €20,000 was made available for CLARIN user involvement events organized by representatives of the national consortia.
Funding can be requested for the events such as masterclasses, courses at summer schools, training events, and workshops. Other types of events will also be considered.
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Tour de CLARIN: Greece 

The last blog post from the Tour de CLARIN in Greece is an interview with Vassiliki Georgiadou, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and History at the Panteion University in Greece. The other posts from Greece this Summer were the following:

Introduction | Tour de CLARIN: Greece

Tool | Tour de CLARIN: Clarin:el introduces GrNE-Tagger

Resource | Clarin:el presents the Hellenic Parliament Sittings and Hellenic Parliamentary Corpus H-ParCo

Event | Clarin:el event "Language data and technologies in social and political sciences"


CLARIN Resource Families Initiative: Spoken Corpora 

As part of the CLARIN Resource Families initiative that was launched earlier this year, a survey of the existing spoken corpora is being conducted to identify and classify the resources. You can find the preliminary results identified through the VLO and the national CLARIN repositories here.

Please add any resources and information as well as suggest changes and corrections if needed. Comments and suggestions by email are welcome too. The feedback will be collected until 1 September 2018 followed by a report.

The recent overview of historical corpora is now available on the CLARIN website as well. 

Support the Human Language Project!

The Human Language Project (HLP) aims to develop monolingual, cross-lingual, multilingual, multimodal, context-aware, culture-aware and knowledge-rich computational models that understand human language in a precise and semantically deep way – from the individual to the population, from language development to language use to language change, from individual spoken utterances to full speeches, from tweets to complex documents, from simply saying “hello” to complex dialogues.

CLARIN ERIC as one of the HLP consortium partners is proudly supporting the preparation of the Stage 2 of the project proposal called “Human Language Project Preparation” (HLP Prep) for the call FETFLAG-01-2018. The goal is to prepare a potential European Flagship project (on the same level as the Human Brain Project and Graphene).

Support the Human Language Project by submitting your Letter of Support - the deadline is 14 September 2018. Every letter counts!

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‘Wordnet as Lexicographical Resource (WNLEX)’ Euralex2018 Pre-conference Workshop, Ljubljana 2018

A number of new video recordings from the ‘Wordnet as Lexicographical Resource (WNLEX)’ Euralex2018 pre-conference workshop, Ljubljana 2018 are now available on CLARIN Videolectures channel.

Videos from CLARIN-D

The video of Melanie Grumt Suárez on using historical textbooks in the Virtual Language Observatory (VLO) for a PhD project and digital tools in the CLARIN-D environment. For more videos from CLARIN-D visit the YouTube channel here.



Invitation to Participate in the Journal Revista de Poética Medieval

The POSTDATA project would like you to participate in a special issue of the journal Revista de Poética Medieval. The issue will focus on the state of the art of poetry resources online. Submissions can be either a scientific paper or a technical report which highlights the prominent use of online poetry  in literary scholarship in any European tradition.

The first version of a manuscript should be submitted before 15 November 2018.

Read the full invitation (including the author guidelines)


AISV 2019 - Call for Abstracts
14-16 February 2019, Arezzo, Italy

The Italian Association of Speech Sciences (AISV) is happy to announce the 2019 AISV Annual Conference and the call for the submission of extended abstracts. The deadline for submissions is 25 September 2018. Read the full call for abstracts.

Franciska de Jong, Executive director of CLARIN ERIC is one of the invited speakers at AISV, and will give a talk on “Spoken Word Archives as Societal and Cultural Data”.

There will also be a special session (supported by CLARIN ERIC) where invited speakers Christoph Draxler and Florian Schiel of the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals Ludwig Maximilian University Munich will give a talk on "Creating, Managing and Analysing Speech Databases using BAS Services and Emu: A Hands-On Tutorial".

Read more about the AISV Annual Conference 2019



Call for Papers and Workshops / Tutorials for the Second Biennial Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK2019)
Leipzig, Germany, 20 May 2019

Building upon the success of the inaugural event held in Galway, Ireland in 2017, this conference will bring together researchers from across disciplines concerned with the acquisition, curation and use of language data in the context of data science and knowledge-based applications.

Submissions can be in the form of long research papers, short research papers, or short scientific abstracts on use cases or position papers. Workshop and tutorial proposals that are of relevance to the topics listed in the Call for Papers are also welcome.

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Call for Papers and Workshops / Tutorials for the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2019 Conference (DHN2019) 
Copenhagen, Denmark, 6–8 March 2019

The 4th conference of the association of Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN) will be held at the University of Copenhagen 6–8 March 2019. The DHN conferences aim to provide an overview of research, education and communication about the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities. In 2019, the conference seeks to extend the scope of digital humanities research covered, both into new areas, as well as beyond the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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Computational Linguist / Natural Language Processing Developer (Computational Humanities)
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain

The ERC research project POSTDATA is looking for two (2) Computational Linguist / Natural Language Processing developers. The application deadline is 21 September 2018.

The project, born at the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab from UNED, LINHD, is a Digital Humanities project which deals with poetry analysis, standardization and classification. It combines semantic web technologies, natural language processing and digital scholarship editing with the analysis of more than 30 poetry projects and databases in different European languages.

Read the full job description


PhD in Digital Humanities/ French languages and Literatures
University Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France 

The ANR (French national research funding agency) project BASNUM is offering a doctoral grant in the area of Digital humanities, applied to the digitization and the analysis of the 1701 version of the Dictionnaire universel by Henri Basnage de Beauval.

The application deadline is 24 September 2018.

The project is being carried out by a consortium of three French institutions under the direction of Prof. Geoffrey Williams. The institutions involved are the University Grenoble Alpes, University Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle and INRIA, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics.

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PhD in Digital Humanities/ French Languages and Literatures
University Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France 

The ANR (French national research funding agency) project BASNUM is offering a doctoral grant in the area of Digital humanities, applied to the digitization and the analysis of the 1701 version of the Dictionnaire universel by Henri Basnage de Beauval.

Applications Invited for Doctoral Studentship at the Sorbonne and Oxford
Paris, France and Oxford, United Kingdom

As part of an innovative collaboration between Oxford and the Sorbonne, EMLO is delighted to announce that applications for a three-year fully funded fellowship are currently being accepted from students wishing to pursue doctoral studies in the history of science, in mathematical sciences, in digital humanities or in computer science.

Read the full job description (both in English and French)

PhD Studentship in NLP and ML (EU/UK applicants only)
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning at the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield commencing on 4th February 2019.

Possible topics include, but not limited to, social media analysis, legal text mining and probabilistic ML models for Natural Language Processing. More details on the project supervisor's research can be found here:

Application deadline: Monday 15th September 2018
Supervisor: Dr. Nikolaos Aletras (Department of Computer Science)

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PhD and Post-doc in Machine Learning for Translation at Saarland University
Saarland University, Germany

The DFG-funded CRC Information Density and Linguistic Encoding (SFB 1102) is opening two positions (PhD and Post-doc) within the project B6 “Neural Feature and Representation Learning for Information Density Based Translationese Classification”.

Application deadline: 15th September 2018
Duration: 3+ and 2+ years for PhD and Post-doc respectively.

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PhD Position in Computational Linguistics at Uppsala University
Uppsala University, Sweden

The Computational Linguistics group at Uppsala University has an open position for a PhD student. Thesis projects should be in the field of computational linguistics and we welcome projects that are related to ongoing research in the group. Current research areas include modeling of morphology, syntax and discourse phenomena, often from a cross-linguistic perspective, and digital philology, especially analysis of historical and literary texts, and texts produced by students and language learners. 

More information about the position, including eligibility requirements and the application procedure can be found here.