CLARIN Newsflash December 2018 

Season's Greetings from CLARIN

We wish you all the best for the holidays and a happy New Year!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Bente Maegaard Appointed Chair of ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation

Bente Maegaard has been appointed chair of the SWG on Social and Cultural Innovation for three years, starting 1 January 2019. Read more

Call for Proposals for CLARIN Workshops and User Involvement Events  - 2019

The 2019 call for proposals for CLARIN workshops (2 types) and User Involvement events is now open.

CLARIN workshop proposals (2 types)
In 2019 a budget of €75000 is available for participants in the CLARIN consortia to organize workshops by representatives of the national consortia. Read the full call

CLARIN User Involvement event proposals
In 2019 a budget of € 20.000 is available for (co-)financing CLARIN User Involvement (UI) events to be organized by representatives of the national consortia. Read the full call


Tour de CLARIN Visits Tenth Country in the Series: Estonia

We are delighted to announce that we have completed another exciting Tour de CLARIN! In the past two months we visited Estonia, the tenth country in the series and explored:

We also interviewed Marin Laak, a senior researcher and principal investigator of the Estonian Literary Museum. Marin was one of the developers of the Estonian cultural history web portal “Kreutzwald’s Century” that gives access to a vast amount of the digitized literary legacy.

More information about Tour de CLARIN

Tour de CLARIN Brochures are here!

Following the recent publication of the first volume of the Tour de CLARIN we have now added the brochures for the specific countries based on the publication: 

AustriaCzech RepublicDLU/FlandersFinlandGreeceLithuaniaPolandSwedenThe Netherlands

Tour de CLARIN is a highly successful initiative that highlights prominent user involvement activities of CLARIN national consortia. The first volume presents the nine CLARIN countries that we have visited so far: Finland, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece and Lithuania.

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New VLO Beta Version Available - Your Feedback is Welcome!

A new beta version of the Virtual Language Observatory ( ) has been released and is now available for beta testing. The beta version has a number of new and improved features. It allows you to hide duplicate (or very similar) search results and landing page links and links can be easily identified.

Your feedback on this version, its new and improved features and the VLO in general is very welcome. For this, you can use the form on the beta VLO itself (press the button in the bottom right corner of the page) or you can send a message to

CLARIN Iceland: Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson Awarded with the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize

On the Day of the Icelandic Language, November 16, Professor Emeritus Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson was awarded the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize. The Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize is awarded in recognition of a substantial contribution to the promotion and strengthening of the Icelandic language. Eiríkur, who has recently been appointed National CLARIN Coordinator for Iceland, received the prize especially for his leading role in advocating the importance of language technology for Icelandic.

Read more(in Icelandic)



CoReFo 2018

Read the recent blog post written by Ciara Wigham about the study day ‘Lier recherche et formation professionnelle: des corpus à l'interface’ (Corpora at the interface between research & vocational training) hosted by the CA2LI research team of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Langage in France.


CLARIN Workshop for Newcomers

On 4 and 5 December 2018 a Newcomers workshop was held in Utrecht for countries that recently joined CLARIN or are interested in joining CLARIN.

Presentationswere given covering basic themes like how to set up a CLARIN consortium and a technical centre. The CLARIN agreement, personnel, costs, User Involvement and other relevant themes were also discussed.

Read the blog post

Summer School in "Culture & Technology" - ESU2018

From 17 to 27 July 2018 the European Summer University in Digital Humanities (ESU2018) took place in Leipzig, Germany.

The goal of ESU is to provide an intensive course programme for students and scholars in the digital humanities in their early career stages to receive additional training in digital methods and tools.

Thorsten Trippel (CLARIN-D) has written a detailed report about the event and a number of participants have shared their experiences by writing their own blogs as well. The links to these blogs can be found in the report. Read the full report 


Synergy Conference 2019 
7 February 2019, Bussum, The Netherlands

The Synergy conference 2019 is the event for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the Netherlands. Keynote speakers, experts and young talents will debate with each other and you about the value and impact of the entire field of SSH research.

From a 360-degree perspective, different angles on topics impacting the SSH disciplines will be debated. In short: THINK360!

More information can be found here


Second Call for Workshop Papers: “Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH”
5 March 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark (during DHN2019)

Proposals can be submitted for the DHN2019 satellite workshop Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH. The goal of the workshop is to get a better understanding of the dynamics on the Digital Humanities work floor where humanities scholars and digital experts meet and work in tandem to solve humanities research questions.

All submitted talks at this workshop are to be submitted and presented by a humanities researcher and a digital expert. They present their research and reflect on their collaboration.

Submission deadline for papers is 2 January 2019.

Read the full call for workshop papers

Shared task – Translation Inference Across Dictionaries 2 – TIAD 2019
20 May 2019, Leipzig, Germany

The second shared task for Translation Inference Across Dictionaries (TIAD 2019) is aimed at exploring methods and techniques for automatically generating new bilingual (and multilingual) dictionaries from existing ones in the context of a coherent experiment framework that enables reliable validation of results and solid comparison of the processes used. This initiative also aims to enhance further research on the topic of inferring translations across languages.

The results of the shared task will be presented at a workshop held in conjunction with the second conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019) in Leipzig, Germany, on 20 May 2019.

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Call for Papers: 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change
1-2 August 2019, Florence. Italy (co-located with ACL 2019)

The call for papers for the 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change is open. The deadline for paper submission is 26 April 2019.

This workshop brings together the world's pioneers and experts in computational approaches to historical language change with the focus on digital text corpora. In doing so, this workshop carries the triple goals of disseminating the state-of-the-art research on diachronic modelling of language change, fostering international cross-disciplinary collaborations, and exploring the fundamental theoretical and methodological challenges in this growing niche of computational linguistic research.

The workshop will be held during ACL2019that takes place from 29 July- 2 August 2019.

Read the full call

Second Call for Papers: RDHum 2019
14-16 August 2019, Oulu, Finland 

The conference Research Data and Humanities (RDHum) welcomes papers submissions and workshop or tutorial proposals for RDHum 2019.

Digital resources and technology are used more and more within the humanities and the social sciences. Researchers in digital humanities collect, administer and share rapidly accumulating digital resources. They also need various research methods and tools to analyse these resources. The conference Research Data and Humanities (RDHum) seeks to gather researchers around these themes. Researchers, teachers, graduate and postgraduate students as well as other interested parties are invited to participate and to contribute.

RDHum 2019 is jointly organized by the University of Oulu and the University of Jyväskylä, in collaboration with FIN-CLARINand Kielipankki, The Language Bank of Finland.

Deadline for workshop and tutorial proposals is 31 December 2018 and the deadline for paper submission is 28 February 28 2019.

Read the full call




POSTDOC Natural Language Processing
University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium 

The CLiPS research group on Computational Linguistics of the department of Linguistics (Faculty of Arts) has a vacancy for a full-time senior (postdoc) Researcher in the area of Computational Linguistics (Natural Language Processing) for an FWO (Flemish NSF) funded project on “The Linguistic Landscape of Hate Speech in Social Media.”

The applications deadline is 11 January 2019.

Read the full job description

Second Call for Papers: RDHum 2019DARIAH-EU is Calling for Applications for One Vacant VCC Head Position: VCC3 Scholarly Content Management

DARIAH-EU is looking for a VCC head. The main task of a VCC (Virtual Competence Centre) head is to work closely with DARIAH Working Groups. Together with DARIAH’s Chief Integration Officer, all VCC heads form the Joint Research Committee (JRC), one of the operational organs in the DARIAH governance.

The deadline for applications is 20 January 2019.

Read the full job description